What Tech Calls Thinking

An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley by Adrian Daub

  • Published: Aug 05, 2020

From FSGO x Logic a Stanford professor's spirited dismantling of Silicon Valley's intellectual origins Adrian Daubs What Tech Calls Thinking is a lively dismantling of the ideas that form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. Equally... read more

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Details of What Tech Calls Thinking

Exact title of the book
What Tech Calls Thinking
Book author
Adrian Daub
ISBN
9780374721237
Book series
FSG Originals x Logic
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Oct 13, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
160
File size (in PDF)
1440 kB

Some brief overview of book

From FSGO x Logic a Stanford professor's spirited dismantling of Silicon Valley's intellectual origins Adrian Daubs What Tech Calls Thinking is a lively dismantling of the ideas that form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. Equally important to Silicon Valleys world-altering innovation are the language and ideas it uses to explain and justify itself. And often, those fancy new ideas are simply old motifs playing dress-up in a hoodie.

From the myth of dropping out to the war cry of "disruption," Daub locates the Valleys supposedly original, radical thinking in the ideas of Heidegger and Ayn Rand, the New Age Esalen Foundation in Big Sur, and American traditions from the tent revival to predestination. Written with verve and imagination, What Tech Calls Thinking is an intellectual refutation of Silicon Valley's ethos, pulling back the curtain on the self-aggrandizing myths the Valley tells about itself. FSG Originals Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives.

The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of techs reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industrys many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today.

About author

Daub is a professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford University, and the director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of literature, music, and philosophy in the nineteenth century, and he is the author of several books published by academic presses.

His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New Republic, n+1, Longreads, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in San Francisco.

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