‘It is often said that we are living in an entrepreneurial age, where entrepreneurs (specifically those in tech) have assumed the platform and power that philosophers enjoyed in the 18th century. Hilton has obviously been seduced by this culture of disruption and ingenuity. Indeed, most of his suggestions for human policy-centred design seem to be dependent on citizens’ access to a smartphone. Hilton is investing in a modern form of capitalism that is the very opposite of Fordism, the standardised de-personalised mass production of 20th-century America. Hilton’s book is testimony to the increasing influence of Silicon Valley on every aspect of our lives. If anything, politicians are playing catch-up to a development that has long been under way. This is particularly evident among the millennial generation, who have more affiliation to their mobile phone tariff than to any political party and cannot fathom why they still have to vote via a polling booth rather than Facebook.’

 

Standpoint, July/August 2015 Click here to read article