What happens when a city attracts some of the biggest tech companies in the world? The best tech-heads, innovators, startups and entrepreneurs all come and live in said city. San Jose, the unofficial capital of the Silicon Valley, is home to the offices of Yahoo, eBay, Netflix and Google’s HQ, the mammoth Googleplex. No surprise then that the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area has the most millionaires and billionaires in the United States per capita.
If Apple is serious about diversity, it’s not evident in one of the company’s biggest events of the year. In August 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that “there is a lot more work to be done” when it comes to the company’s diversity. But there is something noticeably missing from its presentations: women. And this ultimately reflects a larger reality about Silicon Valley.
A silicon crystal being grown by the Czochralski process at the Raytheon Corp. semiconductor plant in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, in 1956 for use in the first silicon transistors. The transistor was invented in 1946, and the Czochralski process was first used to grow silicon crystals to make the first silicon transistors at Bell Labs in 1953, so this is one of the earliest silicon crystal production plants.
It seems some leaders in Silicon Valley are taking the possibility of 'The Matrix’ seriously. At least two tech billionaires are recruiting scientists and funding research on a way to break us out of it. But are we actually living in a computer simulation? Philosopher Nick Bostrom writes that there arethree possible answers.