Fascinating subject addressed in a big feature in the latest issue of MIT Technology Review: The headline is, "Technology and Inequality," and the question at the core of the article by David Rotman is addressed by this sentence a few paragraphs in:It's hard not to wonder whether Silicon Valley, rather than just exemplifying this growing inequality, is actually contributing to it, by producing digital technologies that eliminate the need for many middle-class jobs.
The rich are getting richer while everybody else is struggling to stay afloat is hardly a new theory, but what's interesting about the story is exploring whether all these sophisticated, hard-to-build, high-tech screens that consume our lives nowadays are creating jobs of no use to the middle class.
This quote from the piece also sums up the theory:
The biggest factor is that the technology-driven economy greatly favors a small group of successful individuals by amplifying their talent and luck.Well DoneDunwello opens up its 'Yelp for professionals' to everyone
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Over the past decade and a half, I've heard MIT students and grads regularly mention something called the "Anne Hunter list" — sometimes referred to more generically as "the jobs list."
It's how they land jobs at Google and Dropbox, or at startups that will become the next Google or Dropbox. It's also how they score free pizza and t-shirts at company recruiting events on campus.
So I started to wonder: exactly who was this Anne Hunter?
This is a guest post from Rick Burnes, the new vice president of content products at BookBub.
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