Our favorite Silicon Valley shark scorches social media and advises “get the fucking money!”
Perienniel chatterbox Chamath Palihapitiya, our fave potty-mouthed tech prophet and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, poo-pooed Facebook and other social media for messing with your brain’s circuitry and fundamentally eroding the fabric of society. Pointing out that apps like Instagram, Twitter, FB, WeChat and the like hijack the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain’s reward system, and fuck with your brain’s plasticity in a big and bad way, Chamath pummeled virtually all social media players and said he felt “tremendous guilt” for the role that he played in growing Facebook’s user base in it’s embryonic years.
“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other. I can’t control them. I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit…..If you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you!”
To wit, Facebook’s director of research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke published a post this week explaining that, in some instances, the social network can have a deleterious impact on an individual’s overall mood, health and motivation. Um, duh.
Chamath, always cheeky and charming when discussing grand strategy, emphasized having a “next-level focus” and “long-term outlook” when building new businesses (“avoid premature ejaculations,” he cautioned, and “scale fucking big!”). He is bullish on Bitcoin (“I once owned 5% of the float around 2013,” he said) and recommends that people who want to make a substantially positive impact on society should “just get the fucking money…and then effect change” in areas like diabetes, ecology, education, etc. He also said if you want to be successful “don’t try to be super-inventive, just copy the good shit that other people do and avoid the bad shit.”
At VIVISXN we hate social media and think it’s a sucker game. Ditto for Bitcoin (despite Chamath’s long rec) and other claptrap cryptocurrencies. Anyway, check out Chamath’s quick-witted, vulgarity-laced Q&A at Stanford’s GBS from a few weeks ago below. You rule, Chamath!
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