The story of geographical area known as Silicon Valley in 2012 has become a tale of two towns, both different from each other as fool’s gold and a diamond. One is ephemeral, worshiping at the altar of fame, fallow and flimflam. And the other that is quiet, fantastic, fabulous and actually fretting about the future and then going ahead building it. And if one often fills me with remorse, then the other reminds me what I love about this company town.
These two variants of Silicon Valley dropped by yesterday, making it quite interesting, to say the least. If my day started with a rude reminder the life is a trick mirror, filled with mirages and mis-representations. And it ended with a conversation about algorithmic future with Sean Gourley, co-founder of Quid. The chat left me intellectually invigorated and hopeful that there are some who are thinking different.
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Algorithmic future – sounds cool. Hope our incredible humaness is not lost, and what comes from our natural world is always cherished more than the what technology enables or at times replaces…. !
I think that is what the conversation was all about. I will be writing a longer post later. Taking the weekend off.
” One is ephemeral, worshiping at the altar of fame, fallow and flimflam ..” Wow, you just described that segment perfectly
That’s good writing. Could be the start of an interesting book too…
Please don’t confine this dialectical saga to the geography of Silicon Valley. There are some who rely on hype reside in places other than Silicon Valley…just as those who think differently may reside virtually anywhere.
This was just an observation about the changing culture of the SV Region and growing schism in two different valley’s
As someone who was born and raised in the South Bay / Silicon Valley I am reminded that the difference between Silicon Valley and other tech industry centers is that Hollywood is only 400 miles away, and getting closer every day. (Figuratively and literally due to tectonic plates )
Very well said @Maurice
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