This memoir offers a first-hand glimpse into the high-flying and reckless startup culture of Silicon Valley during a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and political power. The author, Anna Wiener, left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy in San Francisco. She landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble, where she witnessed a new Silicon Valley emerge; one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. A coming-of-age-story and a portrait of a bygone era, Uncanny Valley is a rare and personal narrative that charts the tech industry's shift from world savior to democracy-endangering liability.
2020-01-06T16:54:49.000Z@AmyAlex63 @GuardianUS Agreed but it is a great book and very sly – source
2022-12-21T05:59:51.000ZMy best 3 books of 2022 Life changing: Atmamun Joyful: Uncanny Valley Mind blowing: Empire of Pain Yours? – source
2020-01-09T14:07:52.000ZI have yet to read a better book than Uncanny Valley since I read Uncanny Valley last summer & I think it'll be awhile until I do. EVERYONE BUY IT – source
2020-01-24T19:16:00.000ZI’ve been trying to process my thoughts on @annawiener’s “Uncanny Valley”. If you work in tech it’s a must read. And I would urge you to do it without reading the reviews for they don’t capture the book. 🧵 below. – source
2021-01-26T10:47:15.000Z9/100. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener. Procrastinated starting to read this. Having spent the formative years in my 20s in the same tech culture as Anna, this was sometimes a painfully read. Her writing is so perceptive and the details too real. But a great read nonetheless. – source
2021-06-18T15:25:22.000Z@zoebchance Books: I've been re-reading Robert Caro, starting with the Power Broker, 1 chapter a day. Salvador Dali's 50 secrets of craftsmanship is bonkers, Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley is eye-opening. Tufte's Seeing with Fresh Eyes similarly great. Movies: Crazy, Stupid Love has held up. – source