The retail giant Alibaba Group recently signed a four-year partnership deal with Macau's government in order to turn the region, which is well-known as being a "gambling mecca," into what is being described as a "Smart City."
There will be two phases in the initiative, both of which will be completed by June 2021. The first phase will create a "cloud computing data center in Macau, and data-mapping information for the government." The second phase will use that data, along with Alibaba Group's AI and Deep learning systems, "to create vast improvements in the region's environment, customs clearance, and financial forecasting."
The initiative will also seek to improve healthcare, transportation, governance and education in the region – using tech to improve quality of life for citizens in a wide variety of areas.