Two weeks ago on this blog we visited the subject of Bill Gates and his accumulation of vast tracts of farmland across America. We also touched on the property he owns outside of Phoenix upon which a “smart city” where all life is tracked-and-traced is slated to be built.
This week we’ve come to discover that there are plans to open up Nevada to companies looking to build and govern their own smart cities. During a time of intense economic downturn, Governor Steve Sisolak is embracing the technocratic future with open arms.
In January, Sisolak announced plans to create “Innovation Zones” to lure tech companies into the state. Details of how those zones would function were scarce but draft legislation of the Innovation Zone Bill obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal outlines Sisolak’s plans to give companies immense power where they set up shop. If passed, the legislation would allow companies to, “effectively form separate local governments in Nevada, governments that would carry the same authority as a county, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and justice courts and provide government services.”
Who the governor is trying to court with this legislation is very specific. Only businesses developing “innovative technology,” which includes blockchain, autonomous technology, the internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence, wireless technology, biometrics, and renewable resource technology are invited to apply. All applicants must have deep pockets, as well as they must purchase at least 50,000 acres, have $250 million, and be able to invest one billion into their zone over the next 10 years.