“We started talking about all of these things that we could do if someone would just give us a city and put us in charge?
So whether you call it Trudeauville or Googleville, not since the Treaty of Westphalia has a private company more powerful than the British East India Company had quite such a choice opportunity. (And no, they won’t call it the “Goolag”.) Google gets a chance to fulfill the dream of every hacker since Peter Lamborn Wilson wrote Temporary Autonomous Zones, Bruce Sterling on pirate utopias, Napster thought of locating its servers on Sealand, or White House aide Susan Crawford sighed about how she aspired to “geek around the nation state.”
Yes, Google gets its own city. And who do you think will enforce the Laws of Google? Why robot cops, of course. Cops like Officer Atlas, from Google’s own Boston Dynamics subsidiary.