Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener’s prescient, page-turning account of our digital age. Set against the backdrop of our generation’s very own gold rush, Anna retells her days in San Francisco’s 2010s Silicon Valley culture, which Rebecca Solnit describes as “like Joan Didion at a startup”. Now a contributor to The New Yorker, Anna joins NITV’s Science and Technology Editor Rae Johnston to discuss a debut that is at once a bitingly funny critique of Silicon Valley and a disarmingly honest account of the tensions between old and new, art and tech, the quest for money and the quest for meaning.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
Anna Wiener (International)
Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where she writes about Silicon Valley, start-up culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York, Wired, The New Republic, and n+1, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. Uncanny Valley is her prescient, page-turning memoir of our digital age, which Rebecca Solnit describes as “Like Joan Didion at a startup.
Rae Johnston (Australian)
Rae Johnston is a Wiradjuri woman, mother, multi-award-winning STEM journalist, TV & Radio host, and podcaster. Rae is the first-ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV and SBS. With almost a decade of experience appearing on every national television and radio news program in Australia, Rae is a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture. Rae mentors with The Working Lunch program, supporting underrepresented entry-level people in games and Science Media Centre Australia‘s Indigenous Science program.