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Silicon Valley problem: Solutionism

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Literature Review: Solutionism problem for Silicon Valley

This “Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. solutionism,
  2. monopolies,
  3. diversity,
  4. outsiders,
  5. gig economy,
  6. misuse,
  7. narrowness,
  8. obsolescence,
  9. manipulation,
  10. public mood.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


1 Solutionism

THE PROBLEM — Solutionism defines problems on the basis of one’s capacity for solving them. The rhetoric of problem and solution, accelerated by commercial needs and salvific tech gurus, implies that software can save the world. The bio-powers of the state and the market have always been hard to disentangle in practice.

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CONCLUSIONS — These days, whether the problem is climate change or boredom, there is a solutionist app for that. Digital ecosystems are sometimes positioned as a solution to environmental dilemmas without critical reflection of the environmental costs and benefits of the infrastructure and technologies that produce these systems. On the one hand, digital firms attempt to access and capitalize on data “minted” by the state, on the other hand, firms compete with the state in an effort to reinvent traditional public functions. Many well-intentioned applications of algorithms in social contexts have led to significant harm. There is a strong need to develop new methodologies for inclusive dialogue between stakeholders in artificial intelligence development. The process that drives contemporary technology adoption centers on desirous senses of wonderment and anticipation. Zoning rural exceptionalism reveals how rural communities are able to leverage economic development policy and the corresponding opportunities to differentiate themselves in the new economy. Overall, the smart city worldwide trend is dominated by the technology-driven method approach. Numbers, indicators, categorizations, and comparisons are central to governmental and popular response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial digital learning solutions design might not always be driven by best pedagogical practices but their business model leverages user data for profit making. Technologization, often seen as neutral, is closely related to educationalization, i.e. imposing growing societal problems for education to resolve.

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Silicon Valley Problems
“Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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