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The revenge of Big Tech (Where no technology has gone before) — High Country News – Know the West

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When tech companies rule the world, what could go wrong?

 

Vauhini Vara began her career reporting on Silicon Valley in the early 2000s. Back then, the potential of tech companies to build community and connect people across the world seemed infinitely promising. But only a few years into her journalism career, Vara grew concerned — not only about the industry’s breakneck growth, but also about its increasingly unchecked power. That’s when she turned to fiction, getting her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

“In fiction, you can imagine these futures that aren’t yet here,” she said. “It’s not irresponsible to do so, it’s one of the things that fiction can do really beautifully and really well.”

The Immortal King Rao, Vara’s debut novel, imagines a dystopian future where the tech industry is not only unregulated; it is the regulator. It is the government —…

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