The debt plagued Emirate of Dubai has 15 billion reasons to be thankful this morning. Google, the internet search giant, has purchased the famed ‘World Island’ project, an unprecedented recreation of the Earth on Earth. The estimated terms of the deal was $15 billion US dollars.
Google spokeswoman Rachel Cutts made the following statement at a press conference late Wednesday evening, “When we launched Google Earth we set out to recreate to Earth in virtual space. With Google Earth-2, we’re literally recreating the world in physical space. We’ve randomly selected 670,000 people from around the world to live in our second earth. They will all be given Nexus One’s, free, ultra-fast wifi, heated toilet seats and Netbooks running Andorid. The sample is representative of the current world population of about 6.7 billion. Populations and demographics reflecting the populations of these regions will be allotted to their respective real-world counterparts.
So who gets to live on Google Second Earth… or Earth-2? The selection process is by lottery. To enter, click here.