Science Friday: Is Silicon Valley Making Its Own Monsters?

January 19, 2018

In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, a scientist creates a being that becomes a murderous, monstrous creature. As a story of unintended consequences run amok, Frankenstein has been used as a metaphor for everything from artificial intelligence to gene editing.

But what about the start-up culture of Silicon Valley? The tech hub brought us everything from Facebook, with its connections to fake news and Russian propaganda, to Theranos, which promised more than it could deliverin medical technology, to widely mocked start-ups like Bodega and Juicero.

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