A company is inviting people to participate in a futuristic semi-autonomous city, which likely would be built overseas. Bluebook Cities was founded by Dryden Brown of New York University and Charlie Callinan of Boston College in 2019; the duo launched an online community and are seeking backers and possible residents for a physical "city of the future" through Praxis.
- Bluebook describes itself as a “full-stack city builder" that “partners with communities to develop beautiful, energetic, resident-owned cities." It says it's “building the city that Silicon Valley deserves.”
- The company is backed by Pronomos, a venture capital fund seeking to build the next "charter city," where a nation host allows a semi-autonomous municipality to host its own governance system.
- PayPal founder Peter Thiel, Bitcoin investor Roger Ver, and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen invested $9M in Pronomos in 2019.
- Bluebook is now looking for 2,000 people to "settle" its charter city, which it says could be built in the Mediterranean and won't face as many regulations.
- “We want to partner with a government and build something really cool that works with us and works for them and is mutually beneficial,” Brown said.
- Danish architect Bjarke Ingels' AI City, a futuristic campus where people will live, is under construction in China. It aims to showcase the smart services and next-gen technologies from Chinese tech firm Terminus Group.
- The project, dedicated to “artificial intelligence, robotics, networking, and big data," aims to incorporate self-driving cars, robotic vehicles, and e-bikes.
- The smart city is planned for Chongqing in southwest China and would be a place where humans, IoT technology, and artificial life co-exist.