Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future By Lucie Greene


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Named a Best Book of the Year by Esquire
Winner of the 800CEOREAD Business Book Award in Current Events and Public Affairs

In an era when faith in government and its institutions is quickly eroding, the businesses of Silicon Valley are stepping in to fill the gap. With outsize supplies of cash, talent, and ambition, a small group of corporations have been gradually seizing leadershipand consumer confidencearound the world.

In Silicon States, renowned futurist and celebrated international thinktank leader Lucie Greene offers an unparalleled look at the players, promises, and potential problems of Big Tech. Through interviews with corporate leaders, influential venture capitalists, scholars, journalists, activists, and , Greene explores the tension inherent in Silicon Valleys global influence. If these companies can invent a social network, how might they soon transform our political and healthcare systems? If they can revolutionize the cell phone, what might they do for space travel, education, or the housing market? As Silicon Valley faces increased scrutiny over its mistreatment of women, cultural shortcomings, and its role in widespread Russian election interference, we are learning where its interests truly lie, and about the great power these companies wield over an unsuspecting citizenry.

While the promise of technology is seductive, it is important to understand these corporations possible impacts on our political and socioeconomic institutions. Greene emphasizes that before we hand our future over to a rarefied group of companies, we should examine the world they might build and confront its benefits, prejudices, and inherent flaws. Silicon States pushes us to ask if, ultimately, this is the future we really want. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future

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Perfectly timed and hugely relevant piece. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Really enjoyed this book. Given the prominence of tech in the media recently, it was great to sit down and take a look at the bigger picture. Greene brings together human musings, interviews with those in the know and some of the facts/figures and policy. It has been the fuel for half the conversations I have had this week thought provoking Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future a fascinating read on such a timely subject.
this book really pulls no punches and questions how tech corporations really impact our lives.
a bit scary as well but thoroughly enjoyable, very thoroughly researched with a clear narrative that really does have you thinking! Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future I couldn't put it down. Greene brings to life one of the most important cultural and political shifts happening right now in an authoritative accessible way. Nice to see a woman writing about Big Tech too, not to mention so many women's voices in the text. Enjoy. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future I have lived in Silicon Valley all of my life, from picking and cutting apricots to building semi conductor plants. This book is required reading if you have any interest in tech, philosophy and socialism. All three are covered in detail, my favorite chapters were on new age education systems being developed in Silicon Valley. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future

I am about a quarter of the way through this excellent book. I started reading thinking it would be beyond my understanding but once I got to chapter 3 I was hooked. Lucie Greene writes about the vast influence of Silicon Valley in an approachable and clear way that invites you to explore the subject further.
I think it is a book everyone should read and take heed of. Further comments when I finish reading. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future a well reasoned and compelling look at how Silicon Valley is overreaching. We might want their goods and services, but we don't want them in our government or our healthcare. How big will they get? The author lays out her arguments clearly, and the chapter on government especially should be required reading. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future I found this book very well researched and considered. The insight into some of the biggest tech companies and their power and reach makes for interesting and potentially terrifying reading. It provides a useful counterpoint to the PR driven positivity put out by these companies and gives a realistic picture of very real concerns. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand this industry properly. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Greene's account is a must read read—not only for those in the industry, but for anyone who wants to know where our country (and world) is headed. As a futurist, Greene has a unique outsider's perspective on the inner workings of Silicon Valley and the costs/benefits of these companies encroaching on government and social infrastructures. As someone not working in tech, I thoroughly enjoyed having Greene guide me with with wit, humor, and acute insight through these important and timely topics. Highly recommend! Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future The style is a weird cross between grade school persuasive essay and long form clickbait article. Nothing of substance, heavily biased, and provides no sources. Claims are demonstrably false in some cases. Don't bother there are tons of other books on this subject out there written by infinitely qualified people. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future