Why I like reading about Silicon Valley
I've been reading and thinking more about the technology sector lately, in part because it's interesting and in part because it cultivates good habits of mind. In Washington, thinking is constrained by the routine experience of being unable to achieve the clearly possible. In Silicon Valley, it's unconstrained by the routine experience of being able to achieve the seemingly impossible. Talking to people from technology companies is just very different from talking to people from the Hill.
Sometimes, in fact, it's very, very, very different. I'm a member of the online Q&A community Quora.com. One of the recent questions asked how it felt to be physically unattractive and undesirable. A number of very poignant answers followed, including a particularly affecting reply from a man who was uncommonly short. The comments on his post quickly piled up, and the nature of the encouragement was, well, different from what I'm used to:
If you're under 35, you have a reasonable chance of living until the singularity, which will allow you to cross the "bridge to immortality." This will allow you to live forever (or more realistically, 1000 years), during which time technological advance will allow you to transplant your consciousness into a new, taller body. So while women can get their chests "fixed" today, height is not really that far off for men under a certain age. Stay healthy, and try to stay alive until technology catches up. If you die prematurely, have yourself frozen.
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