Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Google's Ideological Echo Chamber

By now you must have heard about the gender-related upheaval going on at Google. If not, you can read about it here:


And you can find the memo which started it all here:


One thing which surprises me is that no one (as far as I can tell) has yet mentioned its similarity to the views expressed by Nobel Laureate William Shockley, who made somewhat related arguments based on race back in the 60s and 70s. You can watch him discuss those views here:


Since Shockley is the person who put the silicon in Silicon Valley, it seems worth suggesting that his ideas about race may have influenced the current discussion about gender.

Or has the entire Shockley episode disappeared down the memory hole?

1 comment:

  1. Apparently the errant Google engineer has the support of his peers: