"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.