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Dear Tech …

By Julissa James

An open letter to technology in the Bay Area

Illustration by Jim Frazier

Dear tech,

It feels like just yesterday we could barely fit you into the space of half a building, and now you rest perfectly in the palm of our hand, with all the power we never imagined. You’re really taking this Apple a day thing seriously, aren’t you?

I heard you settled down in the Bay Area and are making friends in high places. It’s all anyone is talking about, and as exciting as that is, would it kill you to practice some self-awareness? I know California is all about “finding yourself” by experimenting with AI and all the other crazy things kids are doing these days, but just be conscious of the way your presence affects the people who live there.

It’s a uniquely beautiful collection of cities and the perfect opportunity to do some serious good. I stay up at night worrying about you, sometimes. You forget how truly powerful you are and I fear that you might hurt someone inadvertently, so just be careful out there, okay? And I know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but don’t forget that you are who you hang out with.

Choose your friends wisely and be mindful of the people harnessing your intelligence for their own selfish interests. And please, I beg of you, diversify this small circle of yours — I expect a lot more inclusivity from you! I know you’re growing at the speed of light and you don’t want to be told what to do, but I’m just here to remind you of your roots. Don’t become so overblown that you neglect all of our hopes and dreams for you.

— Signed, A Concerned But Hopeful Humankind

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