Is Google’s sister company planning to build its own city?
Alphabet, Google‘s parent company, is considering building an entire city from scratch.
The boss of Sidewalk Labs, the firm’s New York City firm described as an ‘urban innovation’ company mentioned the idea at a summit hosted by The Information.
‘Thinking about a city from the Internet up is really compelling,’ Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff said at the event.
Later he added that building a new city could help test solutions to cybersecurity and privacy issues: ‘If you could create a place, it’d be a laboratory to experiment with these problems.’
Developing a city ‘would be a great idea,’ he said, before quickly adding ‘I can’t tell you anything’ in a conversation with the site’s Jessica Lessin.
‘Cities are hard,’ he said.
‘You have people with vested interest, politics, physical space…But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.’
‘A lot of people have tried it and haven’t succeeded.
‘Right now we’re just building products and services but there are lots of lessons that can be learned from the past and we’ll see what happens over time,’
The subsidiary was launched last year with a mission to develop technology that makes living and running big cities better.
‘Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage,’ chief executive Larry Page said in a post at the Internet titan’s Google+ social network.
It is headed by Dan Doctoroff, a former chief executive of Bloomberg LP and New York city deputy mayor of economic development under then Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
‘We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities,’ Doctoroff said in a release when the organisation first formed.
‘We hope that Sidewalk will play a major role in developing technology products, platforms and advanced infrastructure that can be implemented at scale in cities around the world.’
In 1980, Doctoroff received a B.A. degree in government from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1984.
Doctoroff began his career as an investment banker, working for Lehman Brothers in New York City.
He later became managing partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm.
The company has garnered widespread media attention due to its addition of investors Bill Gates and Nike founder Phil Knight.
i would assume this will happen one day, somewhere..google wants to rule the world so having their own city would be a good start eh?