Off the beat: Considering the tech revolution

The Daily Californian recently published an article criticizing the tech community in Berkeley and at large. It was conceived from the attacks against the buses of Google and Facebook, which are believed to build a gentrified community. It is difficult to talk about such issues because they are steeped in
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A Facebook recruiter is surrounded by UC Berkeley students eager to join the tech industry primarily clustered around Silicon Valley.

Breeding the tech elite

In a time of growing uneasiness between local residents and tech employees within the Bay Area, UC Berkeley students are increasingly drawn to the riches of Silicon Valley

Earlier this week, I found myself at a Facebook recruitment meeting in Dwinelle Hall, filing into a lecture hall with other undergraduates gathered eagerly at the prospect of working for one of the Silicon Valley’s most lucrative companies. As tech hopefuls lined up, resumes in hand, to talk with recruiters,
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Meditating on technology

Student Bodies

It’s all over campus, on fliers in random restaurants and at cutting-edge meetings at elite Silicon Valley tech companies. There are articles about it in major publications that present it as a near-magical cure-all for life’s problems. It has infiltrated and saturated the public consciousness so much over the past
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Mapped in Silicon Valley

‘Mapped In Silicon Valley’ helps connect startups

Situated in an area of the world that spawns many great ideas and businesses (and far more horrendous ones), UC Berkeley students can often have difficulty making their work stand out in a field of an equally bright colleagues. “Standing out” has been the mantra instilled in the vast majority
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Discomfort Zone

I don’t like talking about TED. The conversations always start off the same. Someone asks if I’ve seen the TED Talk by Joshua Foer about memory or Wingham Rowan’s discussion of flexibility in the job market.  My answer is always the same: I avoid TED Talks. Sorry. Cue disappointment, frustration,
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Compulsory computing?

Nearly all high-skill jobs are rapidly becoming digital and quantitative. Doctors and health care providers are scrambling to adapt to new electronic medical record databases. Journalists are increasingly expected to be proficient in Web design and computer graphics. The finance industry has been taken over by mind-twisting mathematical models. Even
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