“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.” – Jeff Hammerbacher
A famous American game show once asked: “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” By now, I think we can safely say that nearly everyone wants desperately to be a millionaire. This pervasive attitude runs rampant in Silicon Valley. There, young entrepreneurs compete with one another to design the next hot app or massive social network. They leave no stone unturned in their great quest for fame and fortune. Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of photo sharing app Instagram has only whetted this entrepreneurial appetite for riches. The men (and women) behind these startups tells us that they are helping people connect, and maybe they are, but only if by connecting them they become millionaires.
We can think of this current situation as a kind of intelligence bubble, ready to burst. Here are the…
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