Uncanny Valley PDF/EPUB µ Hardcover

Uncanny Valley PDF/EPUB µ Hardcover The prescient, page turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley a defining memoir of our digital ageIn 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, progressAnna 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 buildingPart coming 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 disillusionmentUnsparing 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

10 thoughts on “Uncanny Valley

  1. Ariel Ariel says:

    HM The first 25% was so strong but then it became a long decrescendo I enjoyed this as an audiobook, I find memoirs work really well when someone is reading them to you and you feel like they re coming right from the authors mouth, but this definitely started to become repetitive and the message of tech is sexist and I didn t fit in g

  2. Michael Michael says:

    In her debut memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener recounts how, at age 25, she abandoned her drab job at a New York literary agency for a high paying customer support role at a Silicon Valley start up In compulsively readable prose the writer describes how the excitement she first felt toward working in the tech industry soon soured, after

  3. Meborn Meborn says:

    Wiener is a very good writer, and I really liked the original essay that inspired the book But this felt too much like a long form essay extended into a book, with little narrative arc I never felt that invested in the narrator Weiner , or what would happen in the broader world she s inhabiting Just when you think a subplot is developing it p

  4. Emily Emily says:

    I usually avoid reading about tech, but the excerpt on n plus one made me laugh out loud Once I actually picked the book up, it was really hard to put down The writing in this book is so good It s funny, and it s incisive, and it really captures a specific time and place extremely well Men in restaurants are dressed, typically, to traverse a glac

  5. Doon Doon says:

    This book is badged as an inside look into the world of tech bro s by a woman who was there However, the books main insights, that the men who work in Silicon Valley are mainly white, middle class and supremely confident men who think that every idea they have has value, are nothing you didn t already know I kept on reading, expecting that there woul

  6. Brandice Brandice says:

    Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener s story of working in tech, primarily in Silicon Valley Anna is looking to leave her NY based job in publishing, seekingfrom a career Millennials were flocking to the West coast, where the tech industry continued to grow software, digital service providers, and social media platforms, all making a name for themselves and ma

  7. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobook.read by Suehyla El Attar 8 hours and 14 minutes For Anna Wiener, working in the high tech industry from where she came from a literary book background was like learning a foreign language For the old farts who have lived in the Bay Area and witnessed the Silicon Valley growth the tech growth the changes from fruit orchards to new startups will be s

  8. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    These are the days of miracles and wonderthis is the long distance callthe way the camera follows us in slow mothe way we look to us allthe way we look to a distant constellationthat s dying in a corner of the skythese are the days of miracles and wonderand don t cry, baby, don t cryI heard Paul Simon s Boy in the Bubble in the car this morning and felt the way

  9. mindful.librarian ☀️ mindful.librarian ☀️ says:

    free review copy Hmmmm Sigh I had such such high hopes.Well, how about a summary Privileged 20 something white female goes to work in Silicon Valley in tech Literally nothing happens to her except she now knowsabout tech and makesmoney than she should and becomes disillusioned with the ridiculousness of it all Then all of a sudden there s an election and everyone el

  10. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    DNF I tried and tried again but my interest in start ups and the excessive money they draw is just not there For the most part this is garnering good reviews, but it s just not for me.

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