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Silicon Valley startup accelerator embarks on project to build cities

Y Combinator's non-profit arm plans to solicit proposals for research

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"The central theme is to work on things that we need for the successful evolution of humanity." - Sam Altman (above), Y Combinator president

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Y COMBINATOR, the startup accelerator and investment firm that helped produce Airbnb, Dropbox and Instacart, is embarking on a creation project arguably more ambitious than any company.

"We want to build cities," wrote Y Combinator partner Adora Cheung and president Sam