If Google built a tech-filled city from scratch, would you move there?

google sidewalk labs internet city googleplex campus
Is the Google campus a model for its own city? Marcin Wichary/Flickr
Google’s sibling company Sidewalk Labs has no “public” plans to build a city, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Eyes are opening, however, after the Alphabet subsidiary CEO Dan Doctoroff replied to a question that a rumored technology city test bed, “would be a great idea.” The interview occurred during The Information summit in New York, according to IB Times.

Doctoroff added that “thinking about a city from the internet up is really compelling…[but] cities are hard. You have people with vested interest, political, physical space…But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.”

Would you live in a city built around the internet as a living beta tester? What if it was really cool? Following the recent WeLive adult dorm launches in New York City and Arlington, Virginia, the concept of a company running an entire city takes the co-working/co-living concept to a new level. It also begs the question: Who would want to live there?

Alphabet, the conglomeration of companies many still think of as “Google,” is, through its various divisions, spreading thought reach, exploration, and development to diverse, way-beyond-search issues. From self-driving cars, balloons that provide wireless internet service to remote areas, and contact lenses for people with diabetes to check glucose levels, the concept of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs planning and building an entire city populated with people ready to test and try out new technologies isn’t much of a stretch.

Cities aren’t comprised of just buildings and people. Whenever people start living together economics, politics, transportation, communication, recreation, education, employment, and environmental issues just begin the list of areas worthy of exploration and development. The appeal of such designed living goes beyond free yoga classes and beer, and even organized group work and play.

A city as a test bed would allow researchers control over many variables, always desirable from a research perspective. Controlled design of living areas also raises a load of questions and concerns, not the least of which is who makes the rules and the decision governing the use of the space and the people.

Sidewalk Labs may or may not have an internet city in its project plans, but that the idea doesn’t seem all that surprising or even questionable makes a statement about how technology continues to change our world and our expectations. But, in the meantime, we’d settle for that free beer.

Emerging Tech

Harvard University has a bold new plan to make Mars livable for humans

Want to live on Mars? Harvard researchers have a bold new way to make it happen. Their plan involves covering portions of Mars with an insulating aerogel. Here's why it could work.
Smart Home

Eight Sleep's Pod bed cools, heats, and tracks sleep data for couples

The Pod bed by Eight Sleep measures data to determine a sleep fitness score. It also creates the ideal temperature environment to help you get better sleep. How does the Pod bed measure up?
Gaming

Did your PS1 favorite make our list of the best PlayStation games?

Take a stroll down memory lane with the 50 best games ever released for the original PlayStation. From all-time classics like Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 2 to quirky gems like PaRappa the Rapper, the PS1 had it all.
Emerging Tech

Trippy VR demo reads your brain waves to create sleep-inducing visuals

Struggle to get to sleep? Researchers in Australia have been experimenting with ways to combine a person’s brain activity with virtual reality to create a kind of VR lullaby machine.
Deals

Best air conditioner deals: LG, TCL, and Frigidaire get discounts

We’re well into summer, but the hottest days are yet to come. Here are a few air conditioner deals available online right now for both portable and window-mounted units in a variety of BTU outputs so you can find the right one for your…
Smart Home

Walmart knocks down prices on Dyson handheld vacuums in post-Prime Day sale

Post-Prime Day sales often include great deals when sellers clear out extra inventory after the sales event. Walmart knocked down the prices on two Dyson V6 Trigger handheld vacuums and one of the deals is clearly better.
News

Kenzie wants to hide smart assistants inside its cute, crocheted animals

Kenzie is a company that just launched on Kickstarter with the intention of hiding smart speakers beneath adorable, crotcheted stuffed animals. The firm's intention is to disrupt the tech industry with cuteness.
Deals

Walmart slashes prices on Dyson Ball multifloor upright vacuums

Walmart continues to offer attractive post-Prime Day deals on Dyson vacuums. In addition to significant price cuts on Dyson cordless handheld vacs, Walmart also slashed the prices of two Dyson upright vacuum models.
Deals

Amazon Prime Day deals are ending, but you can still get great bargains

Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn't mean the Prime Day deals are over. With deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon still going on, this massive shopping event is continuing on through the week.
Deals

Check out these hacks on BOGO deals for Echo Dot, Google Home Mini

The Prime Day 2019 tsunami has receded, but you don't have to wait for monster sales events to get excellent prices. We discovered what amount to buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deals for the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini. 
Smart Home

How to protect your home from brownouts during this weekend's heat wave

A nationwide heat wave will bring sweltering temperatures to most of the lower 48 states this weekend. Fortunately, your smart thermostat can help protect your home and loved ones during this crisis.
Deals

Looking for a smart ceiling fan? Amazon has a $95 Post-Prime Day discount

If you are looking for a cooling solution that is more economical than an air conditioner, check out the Haiku Home L Series 52-Inch Smart Ceiling Fan. Buy it on Amazon now to get a $95 post-Prime Day discount.
Smart Home

Forget counting sheep. Catch some Z's (and track them) with a new smart mattress

Want a better night's sleep? One way to see how well you're sleeping is a smart mattress, which track various health metrics to help you understand what might be keeping you up. Here are the best smart mattresses on the market right now.
Deals

Walmart cuts prices of GE window air conditioners for the Big Save sale

Whether you are in need of a new window air conditioner or looking to replace an old model, now is the time to buy. Walmart's “The Big Save” sale is extended until July 21. Get these GE window air conditioners under $160.