Why does tech have so many political problems? Tyler Cowen suggests some reasons: Most tech leaders aren’t especially personable. Instead, they’re quirky introverts. Or worse. Most tech leaders don’t care much about the usual policy issues. They care about AI, self-driving cars, and space travel, none of which translate into positive political influence. Tech leaders are…
Tech has a lot of problems these days mainly because ( as Ton would say) its mostly neck-bearded, skinny jeans-wearing pussies. Sure a lot of the old guys who actually invented things like the chips and memory stuff were actually real men, but those days are long gone. Software is a pussy business, run by pussies, employing mainly pussies, of both the literal and figurative varieties.
Lots of tech companies aren’t really tech at all. Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all ADVERTISING companies. Netflix is an entertainment studio/channel, no different from HBO. Apple makes mostly consumer devices, but if you think tape-recorders and film projectors are “tech” than I guess they’re in. Amazon is a sold as an on-line store, but actually does make most of its profit selling tech services to other companies and is the one Tech company of the bunch.
Code geeks can hack into a bank or utility, but can’t change a tire or wire a light socket. (Look up the Windows Engineer broke down car joke.) Some of ’em fool around with nerdy stuff like soldering and Nixie tubes, but they can’t hammer a nail or saw a board to measure.