Why Some Silicon Valley Tech Executives Are Bunkering Down For Doomsday
Max Levchin who was a co-founder of PayPal, is the CEO of Affirm, a lending startup, who is opposed actually to this trend of survivalist thinking but is surrounded by it. He said what people worry about is, to use Max’s word, “the pitchforks,” and by that he means the idea that the sort of tension that we saw with the Occupy movement a few years ago would take on a wider, more virulent form.
To give you an example, he said, “The food that’s on the shelves in our grocery stories depends on a supply chain that depends on GPS and GPS, the Global Positioning System, depends to some degree on the Internet, and the Internet depends to some degree on another system known as DNS, and each one of those is vulnerable in its own way.”...
He’s a highly rational person. ... He said, “Look, I’m not rushing out and declaring that the end of the world is near, but what I am saying is that it is,” in his view, “logically rational to talk about the fragility of these digital and electrical systems, which are really second nature and largely unexamined as we go about our daily lives.”
Ou comment quelques pontes de la Silicon Valley se préparent au « doomsday », doutant entre autre de la solidité du système technique qu’ils dirigent face aux conséquences de la destruction du système politique et social que d’une certaine manière ils organisent.
L’article original du New Yorker (Evan Osnos) :