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The Psychology of Silicon Valley

Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry

Authors: Cook, Katy

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  • Explores the norms, values and characteristics that drive behaviors within the technology industry capital of the world, Silicon Valley
  • Argues that the values prioritized in this industry affect social values and behaviors of people globally
  • Presents recommendations for how to practically improve ethics in tech companies
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About this book

Misinformation. Job displacement. Information overload. Economic inequality. Digital addiction. The breakdown of democracy, civility, and truth itself.

This open access book explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, and the sector it represents. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we know about the organizations driving these changes. The Psychology of Silicon Valley offers a revealing look inside the mind of world’s most influential industry and how the identity, culture, myths, and motivations of Big Tech are harming society. 

The book argues that the bad values and lack of emotional intelligence borne in the vacuum of Silicon Valley will have lasting consequences on everything from social equality to the future of work to our collective mental health. Katy Cook expertly walks us through the psychological landscape of Silicon Valley, including its leadership, ethical, and cultural problems, and artfully explains why we cannot afford to ignore the psychology and values that are behind our technology any longer.





About the authors

Katy Cook is Founder and Director of the Centre for Technology Awareness. She is an expert on the intersection of technology, ethics, and psychology and holds a PhD and two MAs in psychology and modern culture studies.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-6

    Cook, Katy

  • Identity

    Pages 9-35

    Cook, Katy

  • Culture & Environment

    Pages 37-64

    Cook, Katy

  • Myths & Stories

    Pages 65-94

    Cook, Katy

  • Motivation

    Pages 95-122

    Cook, Katy

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27364-4
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Softcover $23.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27363-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Silicon Valley
Book Subtitle
Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27364-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27364-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-27363-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 314
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