Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Soul : A Debate

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  • Creator Intelligence Squared US
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  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : Intelligence Squared US, [2018] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2019. ©2018
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    • 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 4 min., 33 sec)) : sound, color


  • Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world's problems with a technological revolution. But now, the tech hub is the center of much scrutiny, and for many, that scrutiny is warranted. From privacy violations to flawed business models to a lack of diversity and representation, Silicon Valley has seemingly betrayed its idealism and commitment to openness and progress. And though tech giants have enriched many people, they have created a host of new, bewildering problems. Has the prioritization of profits and conformity of thought corrupted its original "do good" agenda? Proponents argue that Silicon Valley's critics are simply overreacting to recent developments and scandals. Tech giants have revolutionized the way we think, shop, communicate, and experience our lives for the better, they contend, and Silicon Valley remains the center of innovation. But detractors wonder if the tech gurus have created a monster they can't control. Has Silicon Valley lost its soul?


  • Originally released by Intelligence Squared US, 2018.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on April 10, 2019.
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  • Debate "Housekeeping" (5:26); Opening Statement For: Noam Cohen (6:13); Opening Statement Against: Leslie Berlin (6:26); Opening Statement For: Dipayan Ghosh (6:20); Opening Statement Against: Joshua McKenty (6:24); Founding of Silicon Valley (7:06); Theological Debate (4:47); Q/A: New Codes for Ethics (3:13); Q/A: Presidential Election (7:14); Concluding Statement For: Cohen (2:25); Concluding Statement Against: Berlin (2:27); Concluding Statement For: Ghosh (2:24); Concluding Statement Against: McKenty (2:10); Time to Vote (0:37); Audience Vote Results (0:59); Credits: Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Soul: A Debate (0:09)
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