Magazine July 9, 2018, Issue

Go Midwest, Young Techie

The Google logo is shown reflected on an adjacent office building in Irvine, Calif., August 7. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Silicon Valley should disperse itself geographically

‘The spirit of the start-up phase! My God!” declared Tom Wolfe in Esquire. “Who could forget the exhilarations of the past few years! To be young and free out here on the silicon frontier!”

The 1960s were heady days for Silicon Valley, when the tinkerings of midwestern engineers birthed a digital revolution and the future was paved in stock options. Silicon Valley actually made incredible thinking machines with silicon, until Japan ate its lunch in the ’80s. But then! They delivered the personal computer. The Internet’s strange bleeps and bloops. And supercomputers fitted to the palms of our hands.

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