[Podcast] This episode of Brave New World, a France Culture program partner of Numerama, was dedicated to Silicon Valley.
Metavers: This word has been at the heart of media attention for months. The starting point is when Mark Zuckerberg, boss of Facebook, announced a change of name: the group becomes Meta, for Metaverse. This choice allows the company to advertise its major project: a virtual universe that bears this name.
You put on a virtual reality headset and you’re transported to a parallel 3D world where you can interact with other people, perform various exhilarating activities, such as meetings. The project attracts attention as a technology, sometimes touted as revolutionary, sometimes mocked as already obsolete. But even before being a technology, the metaverse is an ideology: the dominant one of Silicon Valley, drawn from transhumanism.
This was the subject of the Numerama column (51:30′) in the January 14, 2022 episode of Brave New World, on France Culture. The show is available as a podcast on listening platforms — Deezer, Spotify, Apple — as well as on the France Culture website..
Splendor and decadence of Silicon Valley
In this episode and to discuss the Silicon Valley of our time, François Saltiel received:
- Fabien Benoit, journalist and author of The Valley: A Political History of Silicon Valley (Ed. Les Arènes, 2019)
- Olivier Alexander, doctor in sociology, researcher at the CNRS, member of the Internet and Society Center of the CNRS
- Elsa Jungman, founder of the start-up Elsi Skin health, based in San Francisco
And with, as always at the end of the show, the Numerama column (51:30′).