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Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech. Zuckerberg's comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator. "Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said that, because he knew he had a safety net if projects like Facebook had failed, he was confident enough to continue on without fear of failing. Others, he said, such as children who need to support households instead of poking away on computers learning how to code, don't have the foundation Zuckerberg had. Universal basic income would provide that sort of cushion, Zuckerberg argued.
The slow progress reflects the knottiness of one of Silicon Valley’s most persistent problems: It’s too white.
“There are not a lot of people of color in the Valley—and that, by itself, makes it kind of unwelcoming”
"More than 20 percent of all black computer science graduates attended an historically black school, according to federal statistics—yet the Valley wasn’t looking for candidates at these institutions."
As Donald Trump's shock election victory reverberated around Silicon Valley late on Tuesday night, some high-profile technologists were already calling for California to secede from the United States. The broader west coast is a stronghold for the Democrats, and significantly more politically progressive and racially diverse than large swathes of central U.S. California is also the biggest economy in the U.S. and the sixth largest in the world with a gross state product of $2.496 trillion for 2015, according to the IMF. The campaign for independence -- variously dubbed Calexit, Califrexit and Caleavefornia -- has been regarded as a fringe movement. But support was revitalized by influential Uber investor and Hyperloop co-founder Shervin Pishevar, in a series of tweets announcing his plans to fund a "legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation" -- posted even before the full results were in. A few hours later, Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Trump, and Pishevar told CNBC that he was serious about Calexit. "It's the most patriotic thing I can do," he said, adding that the resulting nation would be called New California.
"We can re-enter the union after California becomes a nation. As the sixth largest economy in the world, the economic engine of the nation and provider of a large percentage of the federal budget, California carries a lot of weight," he said. Pishevar was supported by others in Silicon Valley. Angel investor Jason Calacanis said that California succession would be simple in the wake of both Brexit and a Trump win. Evan Low, a Democrat serving in the California state assembly, said that he'd support the introduction of a bill to start the independence process. The proposal illustrates the technology industry's frustration with Trump over his repeated criticisms of Silicon Valley companies.
Silicon Valley is now mulling its responsibility to separate fact from propaganda and lies. Hillary Clinton was the choice of nearly every American newspaper editorial board. It didn’t matter. When it comes to influencing public opinion, the 2016 presidential election demonstrated with sobering effect the weakening role of traditional media and the ascendant power of social networks like Facebook. Forty-four percent of Americans get their news from Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center, filling a void left by the declining ranks of newspapers. By comparison, only 2 in 10 U.S. adults get news from print newspapers today. The consequences of Facebook’s growing sway became clear during an election cycle that saw the rise of partisan news, conspiracies, fake articles and a winning candidate who fully embraced social media as a way to circumvent the media establishment and its proclivity for checking facts.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Outlier13
originally posted by: Outlier13
a reply to: theantediluvian
Your hyperventilation is next level. You will be a complete basket case by the end of 2020.
EDIT to add:
I read the manifesto and it's just a guy's opinions on how AA-like programs at Google to foster gender and racial diversity are harmful.
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit to require Google Inc. to provide requested compensation data and documents for the multinational company’s Mountain View headquarters as part of a routine compliance evaluation.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: RomeByFire
Hmmm ... all I did was ask for some evidence for these extraordinary claims here in the discussion.
I still haven't seen any.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: LooksLocked
You guys wanted evidence of a left leaning, progressive encouraged silicon valley.
If you cant see the link I cant inject common sense into you.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: tadaman
Excellent, some actual evidence.
I see that Zuckerberg is espousing what could be considered by some to be "extreme leftist" ideas, like a social safety net and equality. Can you show me where he said that only extreme leftist ideas were acceptable at Facebook?
Also, it seems that Christopher Gregory at Bloomberg has an issue with Silicon Valley hiring procedures. Can you show me where he claims that only "extreme leftist" ideas are acceptable at Google, Facebook, etc?
And from your Guardian article ... some people were upset by Mr. Trump's election and talked about succession. Interesting, how does it apply here?