Never mind a civil war between the north and the south of the US, there have been calls for Silicon Valley to secede from the United States and build a society of Geeks.
Balaji Srinivasan, the co-founder of San Francisco–based genetics company Counsyl, told a roomful of aspiring start-up founders at Y Combinator that Silicon Valley needed to leave civil society.
“The people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology, won’t follow you there,” he told the throngs.
According to Cnet, Srinivasan called for an experiment to show what a society run by Silicon Valley looks like without affecting anyone who wants to live under the Paper Belt.
For those who came in late, the “paper belt” are environments currently governed by pre-existing systems like the US government.
Srinivasan called for an opt-in society, outside the US, run by technology.
Of course it would probably be a culture a little like Saudi Arabia where the only women around are people’s mothers. While the television networks would probably not cancel good sci-fi and fantasy programmes, it would be unlikely that they would find any staff to clean the office, unless he is advocating a form of slavery for low tech workers.
Srinivasan, who lectures at Stanford, is also teaching an online course on the subject of techno secession. We guess it might be possible with robot soldiers, controlled remotely.