Silicon Valley is not just a location in the southern San Franciso Bay area of northern California; it’s an idea. When the urge to digitize, track, and store all the information in the world came about, then Silicon Valley became a reality. The result has been a world without privacy, where freedom is a thing of the past and no one can go unnoticed. Every detail of our lives is known and intelligence agencies can track our every move, listen to our conversations, and even predict our future plans.
A series of random events might be to blame for the world we live in today, but that does not deny the fact that Silicon Valley has a special history that explains how we ended up in this predicament. This history also sheds light on the future that awaits us— total surveillance and total control by the Big Tech billionaires and their devious supporters.
Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s largest technology and social media companies: Google, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, Netflix, PayPal, Hewlett Packard, to name a few. It’s the hub of a global industry that is transforming the economy and shaping the political discourse. All of this is slowly molding the nature of our society.
How did all of this happen? And why is Silicon Valley the epicenter of this massive transformation? Interestingly, the answer to those questions takes us back to World War II.
A man named Frederick Terman studied a degree in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at Stanford and then headed to MIT to earn his Doctorate. At the end of WWII, he was asked to run the top secret Radio Research Lab (RRL) at Harvard University. There he directed the country’s best researchers in the emerging field of electronic warfare.
Silicon Valley was born during the post WWII era when Frederick Terman returned to Stanford as dean of the School of Engineering and set about to transform the school into the MIT of the west. In order to accomplish that, he recruited eleven former members of the RRL as faculty, who set up their own lab called the Electronics Research Lab (ERL).
Eventually they got funding from the military and started transforming the bay area into a high-tech research hotspot. Interested in finding out what happened next?