Here comes Silicon
As the Facebook/Cambridge Analytics affair demonstrates, Silicon Valley is using its power to mould politics. Which is why J Walter Thompson chief futurist Lucie Greene maintains that Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech power players are now heavily leveraging their influence to encroach upon the civil landscape of government, healthcare, transportation and housing.
In her new book, Silicon States, Greene explores how, with nearly bottomless supplies of cash and ambition, a small group of companies has been seizing symbolic and practical civic leadership in the US and worldwide. However, Silicon Valley does not answer to the electorate, nor have its players been voted into office. And the perils of their influence are only now making themselves known.
“Tech’s massive cultural, economic and now potentially civic influence is one of the most important shifts occurring in our lives and it is happening before our very eyes,” says Greene. “I wanted to explore what the future world put forth by them could look like, from hacked education and philanthropy to future city landscapes.”
“Silicon States is the perfect book for this moment,” says Dan Smetanka, Counterpoint Press executive editor. “At a time when our trust in government is at an all-time low and the powerful tech companies start to encroach upon many aspects of our lives, we need to stop and think about what kind of future they are offering us.”
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