It’s immensely sad (and a poor reflection on US culture) that Silicon Valley used to be a place where clever people did important things like designing microchips and protocols and complex enterprise systems. Today it appears to be the home to 20-something frat boys looking to become billionaires before the age of 25 by making and selling nothing more than hi-tech snake oil trivia. Of course there will always be people foolish enough to buy nonsense — just think of Soylent — but where is the real innovation occurring now?

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