Very soon the U.S. may cease to be a single country. On their territory will appear a mini-state with its own government, court, and currency. The construction has already begun. Orwellian dystopia comes true, but instead of Big Brother, it’s Big Tech.
Before 2020, the interference of IT companies in U.S. politics was infrequent, but already in the presidential race, it showed up in full force. Twitter marked Donald Trump’s posts as untrustworthy, and after he lost the election, it blocked the account altogether. The pages of the former president’s supporters were also deleted. It’s no secret that Twitter, Google, and Facebook are supported by Democrats.
But Big Tech has gone even further. A mini-state will appear in the United States (and in time, perhaps more than one). An independent country will be governed by a government separate from the White House.
A couple of years ago, Geoffrey Burns, investor and founder of Blockchain LLC, announced that his firm had purchased 67 thousand acres of land in Nevada. The plan is to roll out an “Innovation Park” there. The financial backbone will, of course, be blockchain. Banks, corporations, and governments, according to Burns’s idea, will not be needed. Everything must be based on trust and mathematical calculations.
The businessman promised to employ about 165 thousand people. All of them will be able to live on the territory of the mini-state. There will be their own neighborhoods, schools, stores, markets, and hospitals. However, implementation of the idea went very slowly. Only with the approach of 2021, the authorities of the State of Nevada have realized the lack of money in the budget because of the pandemic COVID-19, in fact, the basis of the economy has always been tourism, and this area was almost a year was in oblivion.
Governor Steven Sisolak of Nevada believes that the state economy will grow by allowing the IT giants to invest in the mini-states, in the innovative counties. Authorities have developed a document that spells out the conditions. Representatives of Big Tech should own at least 50 thousand acres of land, invest at least 250 million dollars at once, and at least one billion dollars in the next 10 years. Then the settlement will have its own judges, tax system, police and fire department.
Each innovation district would be run by three people. One would be chosen personally by the governor of Nevada and the other two by investor companies.
Instead of Big Brother, it would be Big Tech. But whether Burns’ dystopian idea will be realized is still unclear. Toronto, Canada, tried something similar but had huge problems with the confidential data of future residents of the super-tech district.
“Projects like this inspire people and make them believe that the bright technological future they saw in sci-fi Hollywood movies is coming to life before their eyes. In fact, the situation is much murkier: giant corporations are slowly but surely moving toward power. And judging by the methods taken by Big Tech to fight dissenters, the situation in ‘innovation zones’ will not be democratic at all,” the portal writes.