Live notes from “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

Ok so the story is about an internet company, called the Circle, that has unified all the virtual identities of everyone in on unified identity, linking your social profile, credit cards, passwords etc. This has become the most powerful company in the world. The protagonist of our story is Mae, a new employee in this company.

Now it is interesting that they would reveal the idea behind the company. It is called TruYou, meh. Knowing the idea behind the company that takes over the world, diminishes the aura behind it a bit. Mainly because it is not very imaginative. I mean the book was published in 2013 and even for that year this idea was too old and non-imaginative for a fictional book. And the author goes on describing the founders and their “vision” behind it, I mean, yeah we get it.

I hate all the characters in the book so far (page 30). Mae has not spoken much but the fact that she is friends with awful Annie says somethings. And Annie is just a dumb person who would irritate me in a minute if we ever met. I also don’t like the stereotypical founders of the company. I don’t think actual founders of actual big companies are so pretentious. Calling them “Three wise men”, was not a very wise decision by the author. Even the side character are annoying, no likable character in the book so far.

PS: “Make sure she doesn’t work today” is the best way to ruin someone’s first day in office. Airbnb has a policy of making employees push the code in production on day one. The frequency of this book is so out of sync with what the tech world is like today.

Black Mirror Tech in the book:

  1. Retinal Interface
  2. Elevator read the id of visitors and says hello with some personal information displayed on its glass
  3. Of course everything is made of glass, including the floors
  4. Its too ordinary, stopping this list…

*End of reading 1, page54*

All that happens will be known. This portion started with the boss demoing a new tech, small portable cameras that could live stream high quality videos (not 360, meh). The idea is that these are so small and cheap that anyone can create a public or private stream from anywhere in the world. What are the costs and benefits of having such a technology? If an idea is out in the world, can a cost-benefit analysis stop it from materializing? Should it be stopped?

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