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

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People don't see their futures represented in the parade of white-haired politicians and outdated government websites. While brands are tripping over themselves to seem transparent and have purpose to win trust from consumers, politicians aren't in any hurry to do the same. They don't need to. Consumers can leave a brand at any second. Elections only happen every couple of years, and that's assuming you even vote. 16 Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future There are some decent parts to this book, and I felt it got stronger as it went along, but it's still marred by a reflexive animosity toward Big Tech. It leads to some strange bedfellows, like passages that are supporting of non-tech multinationals, the RIAA, or insurance agencies. The book tends to always take the side opposite Big Tech, brushing past other legitimate concerns on issues like net neutrality or the Apple backdoor controversy. Oddly, it also takes lazy (and unsupported) jabs at millennials. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Silicon Valley does no longer stand just for technology. It is entrenching all aspects of life. The wealth accumulated in the process has more profound impact than governments and it trajectory is getting ever faster. This is a balanced view on the changes the silicon valley attitude makes to our lives and to humanity. It questions the role of governments and their inability to keep pace with innovation and the challenges of society. I pretty solid book in which technology is observed from different angles. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Midway in the book (on page 148), the author writes that Considering how on-demand culture has already turned urban millennials into a tribe of impatient selfish babies, unable to handle any social realities, let alone wait for taxis, thanks to Uber, dates, thanks to Tinder, deliveries, thanks to Seamless, and—er—anything, thanks to TaskRabbit, it's wild to imagine what [Hyperloop] could do to our sense of collective social consciousness. Is it so bad to wait for a train? Not particularly a supporter of Hyperloop or in that specific demographic, but what an incredibly stupid and reductionist statement to make which reflects poorly on the author's point of view. A shame too, because the book is otherwise neither terrible nor great. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future As a millennial who’s spent the entirety of my career in the tech industry, this was a book that put to words many of the thoughts, concerns and questions I’ve had. As tech rapidly outshines government in its advances and the future overtakes us, how can we enact systemic change, hold big business accountable and disrupt the incremental changes of government? While these are extensive questions still left to be answered, the book is a thought-provoking read. Intuitively organized and well-researched. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future

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Greene looks at the ways in which multinational tech giants, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others have resisted government regulation while pushing to take over functions traditionally provided by the state . . . An open-eyed analysis of influential technology companies’ ambitions of interest to investors, tech users, and media consumers. —Library Journal



In Silicon States, renowned futurist and celebrated international think-tank 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 more, Greene explores the tension inherent in Silicon Valley’s global influence. If these companies can invent a social network, how might they soon transform our political and health-care 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

This book is by turns frightening and informative. Think twice before you give away your data; think especially about who you're giving it to. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future SWE Book Club July 2019

This was more interesting and thought-provoking than I expected, and actually held my interest. The book was well-researched and was fairly politically neutral considering the industry. I appreciated the author’s background in the industry and I think that made it a more plausible book to read and not some random outsider’s doomsday scenario. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Very good book. Highly recommended. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future The increasing power of big information companies in our lives is an important topic. Unfortunately, this book is shallow and emotional, without any real answers or sense of history. There's a lot of viewing with alarm, sneering ans sweeping generalizations, but no consideration of if not this, then what? How did we get here, and given the that technology exists, how could have things turned out differently, and where do we go from here? Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Silicon Valley is the birthplace for city-sized tech ecosystems which may one day dot our maps as Amazon City, NE or Facebook Village, FL. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future