Information was recently released describing a new “Test City” . Pretty cool right? Twenty square miles of purely new technology, in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, and not a single person around. It is being built by a private company in Washington D.C and is estimated to cost about $200 million dollars. It’s purpose?:
“[It] will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction,” says company CEO.
An explanation that leaves quite a few questions unanswered. Where is it being built? In an unnamed location in the New Mexico desert. What will it look like? Twenty square miles of shinny, new, unpopulated ghost town. “A city in a petri dish.” Who is going to have access to these testing facilities and under what conditions? No idea.
The greater question is what will this new test city open a way for? New technologies of course, but how many other companies might begin doing the same? To what consequences? BLDGBLOG (see link below) says some interesting things on this very question. How would other ‘test cities’ for other companies look? Would they have to follow existing laws of commerce? Who is going to regulate what happens there and under what conditions? What changes might have to be made to laws if this begins to become a trend for companies? All questions that still need answers.
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