Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bill Gates Building a 'Smart City' in Arizona

An investment firm run by Bill Gates has put down $80 million to develop a planned community in Arizona. The 25,000 acres of land is about 45 minutes west of Phoenix, in an area called the West Valley. The community, which Gates wants to turn into a "smart city," will be named Belmont. "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a news release.


I'd be pretty cautious.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-19 05:58 PM

Wasn't this posted a few days ago? Anyway... Arizona is absurdly hot in the summer -- I was there a few years ago, when it was close to 120 degrees, yuck -- and water is limited year-round. So the smartness has yet to be proven.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-19 06:57 PM

#2 Arizona is extremely hot in the summer.

You got that right. That's why we elected an ice cream mogul for governor.

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-11-19 07:26 PM

Yes,,, We dont need a damn bubble city, thats what the NWO would love to have us all dependent on it,so they could say,,, SEE,this is the safest place to be and now you are under our control 11/18/17

#4 | Posted by Hotrats at 2017-11-19 09:07 PM

The NWO would love to have us all in a bubble city,so they would have better control of us, 11/18/17

#5 | Posted by Hotrats at 2017-11-19 09:11 PM

"and water is limited year-round"

And the southwest is drying out. What does Bill think these people are going to drink? Wifi?

#6 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-11-20 12:23 AM

What does Bill think these people are going to drink?


#7 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-11-20 09:44 AM


We do that in OC in California, and yes it helps. It's not a closed system though, and you still need an input of water from somewhere.

#8 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-11-20 03:37 PM

His company can't even make an internet browser that works

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-20 04:21 PM

"autonomous vehicles"

A Bill Gates vehicle.

For no reason whatsoever, your autonomous vehicle would crash twice a day.

Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new autonomous vehicle.

Occasionally your autonomous vehicle would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the autonomous vehicle, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.

For some reason you would simply accept this.

Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your autonomous vehicle to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

Macintosh would make a autonomous vehicle that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Autonomous Vehicle Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your autonomous vehicle would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off."

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-20 07:52 PM

this sounds like another Venus Project. So many brilliant and wealthy people, for hundreds of years have had different visions of this kind of thing. Walt disney's original concept of Epcot was a venus project (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow).

It's usually a round city with concentric rings of gov't, business, residential, farming sectors and everything is socialized. One concept i read about has an internet portal where all residents do business. The concept of individualism and personal privacy do not exist in these models. They also imagine that gov't is always benevolent.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-21 09:06 AM

Gates has Musk envy .....

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-11-21 09:54 AM


Hot takes from Hotrats.

#13 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-11-21 11:32 AM

"The concept of individualism and personal privacy do not exist in these models. They also imagine that gov't is always benevolent."

Those concepts still exist in those models, Kudzu. They're just different from ours. Individualism is seen as a part of the whole. I don't see how personal privacy is especially different from our current level, but private property is less of a thing. Also, the understanding, concept, and role of government is significantly different.

#14 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-11-21 11:39 AM

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