I would think if this was even somewhat true it would be evident from attempts to recruit talent from outside Montana. I haven't heard or seen any postings to attract experienced talent. This sounds like another "Promote the story to get more funds from the government" and press for the local politicians to start another mediocre fake Silicon Valley. Another place to put technology that only needs cheap inexperienced labor from the local schools. A warehouse for servers where the only talent needed is ability to push a button for hard reboot and pull out a drive or motherboard... A+ Certified only requirement, unless thats too expensive. The more experienced employees will still be elsewhere remoting in when needed.
Or am I just being too harsh
The chief commandment remains in the O.C. Bible as "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."
A major theme of Frank Herbert's Dune was the revolt of man against machine, and how no artificial intelligence was to ever again be allowed.
Why wouldn't we expect those completely invested in the idea that we are the apex of life? Any threat to that is a threat to their dogma. They would be the first to flip out if intelligent life were to ever be found.
"Paul Lynde to block..." -- a contestant on "Hollywood Squares"