The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue

The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue

by Shumeet Baluja


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ISBN-13: 9780691147543
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/17/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Shumeet Baluja is a senior staff research scientist at Google. He was formerly the chief technology officer of Jamdat Mobile and chief scientist at Lycos. He holds a PhD in computer science and has served as an adjunct faculty member in both the computer science department and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Table of Contents

Preface xi Endings 1
Anklets 3
Anthropologists in the Midst 10
Mollycoddle 13
Touchpoints 19
Checking In 26
Working 9 to 4 28
Predicting the Future and 38 Needles 33
Contact 39

Two Geeks in a Pod 47
An Understatement 53
Euphoria and Diet Pills 61
To Better Days 70
Marathon 75
The Life and Soul of an Intern 81
Candid Cameras 85
Episodes 89
Liberal Food and Even More Liberal Activism 92
Subjects 100

Newsworthy 105
Patience 110
Hypergrowth 113
Little Pink Houses 117
Truth, Lies, and Algorithms 122
Negotiations and Herding Cats 129
The JENNY Discovery 133
I Dream of JENNY 138
A Five-Step Program: Hallucinations and Archetypes 143
Over-Deliver 150

A Life Changed in Four Phone Calls 154
Giving Thanks 160
A Drive through the Country 166
Control 171
A Tale of Two Tenures 178
Prelude to Pie 183
The Yuri Effect 188
Apple Pie 195
Thoughts Like Butterflies 201
Core-Relations 207

Collide 212
Control, Revisited 220
Fables of the Deconstruction 223
Control, Foregone 232
Foundations 236
One Way 241
Sebastin's Friends 244
A Tinker by Any Other Name 251
When It Rains 262
I Am a Heartbeat 267

What I Did This Summer 273
A Permanent Position 280
For Adam 284
Faith 288
Counting by Two 291
Disconnect 298
Sahim 304
Epilogue: Beginnings 309
Acknowledgments 313
Know More 315
Privacy Policy of a Few Organizations 317
References 319

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The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Summer_Kennedy on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The Silicon Jungle is not only a fun and compelling thriller, but is also a scary glimpse into the dangers of living our lives online and a fascinating look into the absolutely insane culture of Silicon Valley. The story itself is structured in a nonlinear way which ups the suspense and keeps the reader guessing as to how all of the seemingly disconnected parts come together. The structure of the story is itself an illustration of how data miners put together all the tidbits of our lives and snoop into our most private moments. The author is an expert in this field - a senior researcher at Google. This by itself makes this book a must read - how many opportunities do you get to see inside of such powerful comapnies like Google and experience how they use and manipulate the data about their users? It is a scary and eye-opening examination of privacy invasion in the name of profit, and potentially more dangerous purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never had any idea that this is what Google does or could do. This is an eye opener and a fun story. Makes you think and then it makes you think again. It's only categorized under fiction because it hasn't happened yet.