Over the years I’ve had a front-row seat on the future of technology.
In my role as Director of Admissions at Y Combinator, I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitches. Many shared a special trait: they followed the path of rapidly growing users and monetizing the data extracted from users.
As time went on, I began to see the full picture of what our technologies have created: a “minority report” world where our every move is tracked and monetized. Some companies, like Facebook, lived by the mantra “Move Fast, Break Things”. Not only have they broken things, they have failed us by spreading disinformation and propaganda that ultimately killed some people.
And it did so because of a mindset of growth at any cost. Some of the largest consumer-centric Silicon Valley companies of the 21st century thrived by sharing data on …