Mon. Jan 27th, 2020

Tech exceptionalism is over, and now things need to change

Tech exceptionalism is over, and now things need to change

I ended CES by finishing a book. It was Uncanny Valley, a memoir from New Yorker contributor Anna Wiener, which comes out on Tuesday.

It’s not a polemic, and, despite the many (thinly veiled) references to well-known tech companies, it’s not a dishy tell-all about Silicon Valley.

Instead, it’s a measured, personal, and deeply human look at the tech industry. Wiener moves from a low-paying publishing job to a start-up in New York City, and then takes another job at a data analytics company in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, she finds everything you might expect, including hubris, misogyny, and offensively priced condos. …

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