Databite No. 128: Anna Wiener

01.22.20 - 5:00 pm

Data & Society
New York, NY

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Data & Society welcomes writer Anna Wiener to discuss her debut book, Uncanny Valley, and experiences navigating the new digital economy.

Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir of working in Silicon Valley is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.

This event is moderated by Data & Society Director of Communications Sam Hinds Garcia.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 5-7pm ET

4:30pm Doors open.

5-6pm Public talk + Q&A.

6-7pm Book Sale + Reception: snacks and sips provided.

WHERE: Data & Society, 36 W. 20th St., 11th Floor.

RSVP is required to attend. Not in NYC? Watch the livestream.

About the Speaker

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, where she writes about Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York, The New Republic, and n+1, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. She lives in San Francisco. Uncanny Valley is her first book.

About Databites

Data & Society’s “Databites” speaker series presents timely conversations about the purpose and power of technology, bridging our interdisciplinary research with broader public conversations about the societal implications of data and automation.

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