Certainly there are some facts that accuse the tech elite of not giving adequate attention to the struggles of the working class. (Signs that some tech industries are now urging change in this regard, and indeed, Silicon Valley can do more for those who are left behind.) But the reality of this century and beyond. Furthermore, the top firms will be companies with lower employee numbers than the industrial giants of the past. Denying this does not mean the United States (again) goes up, but that other countries will take over those companies.
With Barack Obama, we have a president who’s ready to interact with technology at a high level and Valley loves it. He’s not a perfect fit for the industry – what about that crypto? – but he understands its vital importance to the economy. He could quiz a teenage producer at a science fair with the dexterity of a VC. His group has organized seminars understanding of AI. He sent a team of enthusiasts into the Ministry of Defense to fix bugs and reform its enterprise software. His technical director has created diversity for her priority number one. He not only knew what pure neutrality was, but he also appointed an FCC leader who made the policy.
Now we’re going to have a tech-savvy president that seems limited to bullying Twitter. A president chooses coal over solar. A president seems to be disparaging efforts to achieve diversity. A president utterly infatuated with the past, seemingly unaware that technology is a key element of America’s global leadership, as well as key in any effort he can make to create better times for your supporters.
No, the tech world doesn’t work well. But while this is a bleak moment, I should mention that the general response of those CEOs is, as far as I can tell, not to shrink from the challenge, but to solve the problem. It will take more than an election to stop smarter algorithms, innovative business models, and just the cool stuff that Silicon Valley is committed to producing.
We in Backchannel don’t know what will happen next, but rest assured we will watch closely. And let you know what we found.
This week in Backchannel, we get out of bed and do our thing. Here are some highlights. On an upbeat note, we had an interesting story about a TV show. Well, perhaps not so optimistic – it’s “Black Mirror”.
Fake News isn’t the problem, according to Snopes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces more than one Trump presidency: he’s grappling with allegations that his company, by empowering users to share stories ” fake news, “helped elect him. But a top editor at Snopes, the best debugging site on the internet, believes the real problem is in the mainstream media. Ours Jessi Hempel have story (not fake).
My start-up cannot be stopped. Silicon Valley legend’s first column Karen Wickrewhose careers include figuring out how companies like Google and Twitter should communicate with their users. If you have problems at your tech workplace or your life in general, contact her at [email protected]
Our world is full of “Black Mirror”. Inspired by sourcing our dead character in the TV show “Silicon Valley”, our resident avid watcher Miranda Katz presents detailed, episode-specific instructions on real-world technological phenomena that drive the plot of this fantastic series. A must-read book for every “Mirror” -gazer.