Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener--stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.
Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building.
Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.
Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bfister - LibraryThing
Interesting insider account of working in a data analysis firm that supported Silicon Valley's obsession with surveillance and metrics and the rise and fall of glamor associated with Silicon Valley ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kitlovestea - LibraryThing
It was interesting to read the experiences of someone who had very little interest in technology outside of everyday use, as she navigated the innards of start-up culture. I definitely got the ... Read full review