Cybertopia: Dreams of Silicon Valley

Cybertopia: Dreams of Silicon Valley

2015, Technology  -   15 Comments
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Silicon Valley, California. This is where the planet's most forward-thinking dream merchants converge to imagine and create a new digitized reality that can transcend politics, war and other ills that plague the growth and stability of our society. Cybertopia: Dreams of Silicon Valley takes us to the epicenter of this technological revolution, and introduces us to the figures who hope to reshape a brave new world through the force of their vision.

"The internet is the biggest free market worldwide experiment that involves politics, information and commerce," observes entrepreneur Kevin O'Connor. Assisted by a team of bright, young creatives, O'Connor has established an online resource that allows users to compare services and businesses throughout the world, including those related to various governmental agencies. By offering a platform of unprecedented transparency, O'Connor and his team hope to create a more informed and empowered public, greater scrutiny of unethical practices across industries, and a stronger capitalistic system where the cream truly does rise to the top.

The countercultural movements from decades past used to rely on peaceful protests and messages of universal love to inspire change in the world and its governing bodies. Today, a version of that culture still exists. Only the protests and peace signs have been replaced by product development and programming code.

Silicon Valley is ground zero for this ideology. "It's really just that urge to create that suffuses the Valley," says David E. Weekly, a product manager at Google. Sometimes, the results of that creativity and outside-the-box thinking can reshape our way of life, as evidenced by the success stories led by pioneers like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. If there's one thing that drives their philosophy, and the character of Silicon Valley itself, it's in the embrace of previously unimaginable possibility.

The ultimate end game for the leaders of this movement is nothing less than the creation of a utopia, where the environments relegated to virtual reality platforms find flesh and blood expression in the real world. Most intriguingly, Cybertopia: Dreams of Silicon Valley teases us with the notion of such a world where citizens can indulge in interplanetary travel, and redefine the role of government here at home by creating territories where they can choose the representation that works best for them.

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Urban dweller
5 years ago

Capitalism works? I have to ask for who? Because the 2008 financial crisis allowed corporations to lie, cheat and steal THEN they were rewarded for lying, cheating and stealing! So how does that support your precious Ayn Rand s**t theory? IF capitalism worked ALL those involved would have been prosecuted! And their "too big to fail" should have broken those companies apart and brought back the Glass Stegall act of 1933! IF capitalism worked they should have ALL gone out of business - Wells Fargo, Chase, etc. Capitalism works? BS! I lost my job, my retirement and my savings. Still struggling to recover (2018)! I did not lie, cheat or steal but because of capitalism I was punished for some else's transgressions! THAT'S NOT capitalism THAT'S an oligarchy! Leading inevitably to facism! You say study history? Then if you study history you'd know the type of government policies of the U.S. today is leading in that direction. Technology doesn't mean a d*mn thing if I leaves the majority of the people behind. Bernie Sanders for president 2020! Blow-up (it's no longer enough to drain it - it has to be removed entirely) the swamp and vote those people out and have Silicon Valley do a reality check!

5 years ago

As it turns out, the new digital age is as corrupt as any other. The Google, Facebook, etc. gatekeepers are doing their best to SILENCE those who have better ideas, which they cannot compete with in open debate or they simply would.

Google and Facebook globalists (bankster minions whether they know it or not) and the rest of those are just like the old bankster owned major media: ANTI-TRANSPARENCY in favor of all the ills of govt @DustUp describes: the old failed Marxist Socialist Communist "progressive" system these mental microbes think is new and better than FREEDOM.

They don't want you to be free to choose, they want to choose for you and have. They have LIMITED (cut off) access to people of opposing ideas on their platforms.

Their young CEO's were indoctrinated by the bankster schools and bankster media, and therefore are just as corrupt. These wimps believe that the ends justifies their methods. By cutting off the speech of those they dislike, which they cannot beat in open debate, they have chosen for you, if you are silly enough to use their "apps" their products.

Fortunately their is no need to use them. ( is a free place where many have moved to, who were cut off from Google's Youtube for no other reason than reporting on the many messes and horrible situations the Socialists have created that those Globalists(communists) refuse to report on. There are many good independent news sources on the web.

And you certainly don't need Facebook when you can make your own free website quite easily. And market a product or two on a separate page to support something you believe in rather than making money for those big Digital hypocrites who hate those who offer true transparency and prefer Freedom to Globalist Socialism-Communism, where they get to tell you how to live.

The old king is dead, hopefully these new bloated, creepy, freedom hating digital kings will die a quick death as well.

5 years ago

Hard not to agree with the desire for transparency. Many of the prior commenters did not have transparency in how and why they were indoctrinated by the BanksterCorproGovtMedia complex into Socialism-Progressivism-Communism.

There is no such thing as a sensible govt. Govt is the very thing that enables most every bad thing in society. It makes it "legal" for banksters to rob the value of the money through inflation of the money supply well as rob you of the value of what you purchased such as a house or equipment, through deflation. Govt allows judges, attorneys, politicians, and police to be corrupt and take advantage of the people. They put out the illusion that they are there to protect you when that is absolutely not their mission and refuse to most of the time. When the spot light is on them, then they pretend and fake it until the spotlight moves to something else.

Would you decide to allow GMO food, yet the corrupt govt allows it. Would you decide to deny empirically proven treatments for diseases? Yet the govt prevents it. Etc. ad infinitum.

Yet you blame that on Capitalism, when it is nothing of the sort, it is in fact Socialism and Corporatism(Fascism).

If you have no govt. what would occur between people having grown different items and having different skills? They would engage in trade to benefit themselves which also benefits the other, or they wouldn't choose to make the trade. That is all Capitalism is. No govt required. Who is to protect you from a bad deal? Govt doesn't protect you anyway. That is the hard reality of the nanny (socialist) state.

The usa is more socialist than ever, yet there is much more to complain about than ever. The correlation between Socialism and complaint is very high. Those wanting free stuff are never satisfied and those stolen from in greater amounts to pay for it are equally upset.

The truly needy are very few and could easily be provided for if not for govt skimming the majority of funds for themselves in growth of their agency kingdoms.

Is technology the answer to the problem? Not ultimately. It can help, as the internet has helped to make govt more transparent, if people would turn off the Propaganda TV news, and use independent sources, many on the internet. This website can be one such source.

Technology won't help a person who prefers propaganda and refuses to do independent looking, regarding most everything pushed out as news and information.

I cannot fault anyone who wants to get away from corrupt govt. and those who seek to tell others how they must live and give over half or more of what they worked for to those who prefer to have their votes bought by Socialists enslavers promising free stuff by robbing the workers.

5 years ago

It's amazing that Draper's "super heroes" look amazingly like images of a "super race." Let's get this straight, a lot of these very, very successful and "intelligent" people are so because of the backs of other people they needed to stand on to have an opportunity at success. Maybe the luxurious high-rise is beautiful but it didn't get built without that jack-hammer. Do we celebrate the jack-hammer? Not necessarily but we don't discount it. There are people who have been "forced" to be the backs other people could stand on in order to say, "look at me." If this "new" future is not all inclusive - then it's not new. It's just the same shape morphed to look different but it's not. Because if it doesn't represent the intrinsic valley of people and doesn't recognize OR appreciate the sacrifices of the majority that allows this small number of people to succeed - expecting them to not become elitist but grateful to be allowed the privilege of moving ALL people forward towards a higher consciousness.

5 years ago

When anyone talks of supporting the philosophy of Ayn Rand I become very suspicious. Because NO company and NO person stands alone, neither do they "come-up" with these clever ideas and become successful alone. What I've garnered from reading about millionaires/billionaires is that they have this very hubrious attitude.

6 years ago

May I add that this film actually represent the most dystopian thing I've ever seen?
Let's just admit this (because we're among "us"): as computer scientists, we are autistic and we should not shape society because we have no idea about the social animal. Fundamental knowledge of others has just not being built into our brains.
Adding capitalism to autism based technology (with totalitarian tendencies built into as a 'feature') is the reason why the internet didn't become the place we wanted it to be in a first place. We are moving away from our ideals every day. Inequality only grows because of technology and we are not making the world a better place as we promised - we work quite on the opposite.
I still wonder if this is because we integrated capitalism into technology or if technology itself is to blame for the mess we created. Let's stand up and change this.

8 years ago

Textbook Capitalist propaganda. Selling us the idea that Capitalism can now fix all of the problems Capitalism causes. Kevin O'Connor, the inventor of Doubleclick, the epitome of privacy invading cookies, gets facetime in this.
Capitalism is as old as civilization. If it was going to work, it seems logical it would have done so before now.

Chad Butler
8 years ago

Paper thin and clear as silicon is, transparency we may see in these interviews of these smiling rich, intelligent, charismatic and well educated entrepreneurs in a small private nation within a great nation (there USA!), less they forget there forefathers that fought the wars and came over the hill to discover California in the first place. History is one part at looking forward, as the present of the 'here and now' makes up the secondary part. These guys do live frankly behind their party masks labelled 'god'. A world without politics? we couldn't feed a mass population without our governments working together to regulate industries, protect borders and threats of new world uprising on every continent today, and not to mention the threat of newer, newer, newer technology! Too me 'Science' has gone to far when everybody has 'Google', 'Twitter' or 'Facebook' in their pockets, good it has done and good it may be, but don't we need to look at our more stronger traditions to invest in, like personal growth or spiritual awareness? rather than being the consumer loyal to their latest and greatest product. The fact is corporate entities do wear 'masks' and do pretend to care how it impacts our globe, they wouldn't however declare they massively exploit Chinese companies and they're workers by making them richer in manufacturing there latest gizmo's. These 'serial capitalists' simply won't 'stay hungry' or 'stay humble' they know what the cake tastes like, and its laying there already cut for them to keep eating and eating, There technology overwhelms us everyday and we don't really know where it should take us next? Too floating cities? It seems fare to say that the 'Arms Race' never died in '89, it just moved over to silicon valley and consumed the whole planet with Google!

8 years ago

Many thanks TDF, I enjoyed this one very much. Recommended.

...Anything smelling too strongly of Ayn Rand is probably a bad thing, and Ayn Rand's 'selfish' philosophy is all over this one (it's Silicon Valley stupid), but... this stuff tickles my taste buds and inspires me to code harder - maybe the world can be made better through the self empowerment technology has to offer.

Check out Adam Curtis' "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" (here on TDF) for an in-depth look at many of the topics and themes brought up here, especially for the other side of these utopian ideas.

Fabien L'Amour
8 years ago

I have a problem with a documentary that puts a class that will give you the newest electronic gizmo or software to find things on the internet ahead of the class that provides you with food on your table, clean water to drink or a roof over your head.

8 years ago

As with most ideologies, the implied Utopia is only that way for the select few who are deemed to matter...for everyone else whose propping it up it's a pretty raw deal