A Year of Controversy in Silicon Valley
In 2017, the Valley's do-gooder attitude was called into question.
The MIT Technology Review today wrote the narrative of Silicon Valley in 2017. For the Valley, 2017 was another banner year for tech development and a new low in the public’s perception of the industry. On the tech side, Google, Facebook, and Nvidia made major strides in AI, while Waymo, Uber, and Lyft began experimenting more seriously with self-driving cars. All that was obscured by multiple stories of the Valley’s anti-woman culture, most notably one at Uber that led to the end of Travis Kalanick’s tenure as CEO. And perhaps most famously, 2017 was the year Mark Zuckerberg came under fire, ultimately admitting he was wrong, over Facebook’s role in allowing “fake news” to flourish.
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