54 minutes | Aug 17th 2020

Silicon Valley and Beyond (with Meredith Broussard & Margaret O’Mara)

How did Silicon Valley become such a historically and globally significant hub of technological innovation? What—and who—gets left out of the stories people tell about Silicon Valley? What are the limits of technology, and how can we create more equitable technologies for the future?


Guests: Meredith Broussard is a data journalist, an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (MIT Press, 2018).

Margaret O’Mara is the Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019), among other works.

We have created a reading list and a set of discussion questions to accompany each episode of the podcast. You can view that resource here. Visit www.publicbooks.org/podcast for more information about our guests, the texts and scholars mentioned in this episode, and further reading on the topic.

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