Internet 6 July 2018 Here are all the real-life ways in which Silicon Valley is like the Soviet Union Get ready to be depressed. View the full image Getty Images NSSign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. On the evening of 5 July, a Twitter thread by user Anton Troynikov went viral listing things that happened under the Soviet Union that also currently happen in Silicon Valley. We went through every single point tofind examples that back up his point : Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union: - waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality - promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Uber’s self-driving car didn’t malfunction, it’s just bad- SpaceX will colonise Mars in the next few years says Elon Musk, followed by SpaceX pays $4m to underpaid employees - living five adults to a two room apartment - being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Up to four people in one room in bunk beds for nearly $1,000 per month- Silicon Valley is veering toward fall of Rome territory - 'totally not illegal taxi' taxis by private citizens moonlighting to make ends meet - everything slaved to the needs of the military-industrial complex — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - In San Francisco, over 56 per cent of gig economy works rely on companies like Uber/Lyft to make ends meet- The link between Silicon Valley and the defense industry - mandatory workplace political education - productivity largely falsified to satisfy appearance of sponsoring elites — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - This one we aren’t positive on, but could be something like Facebook requiring employees to go through political bias training- Theranos charged for misleading investors - deviation from mainstream narrative carries heavy social and political consequences - networked computers exist but they're really bad — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - “They'll squash you like a bug”: how Silicon Valley keeps a lid on leakers- Developers question why Silicon Valley use infamously bad for development MacBook Pros - Henry Kissinger visits sometimes for some reason — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Henry Kissinger joins Theranos’ board of directors - elite power struggles result in massive collateral damage, sometimes purges - failures are bizarrely upheld as triumphs — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Veritas change in CEO means shedding “dozens” of jobs- In Silicon Valley, failing is succeeding - otherwise extremely intelligent people just turning the crank because it's the only way to get ahead — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Google only cares about measurable improvements, and their overqualified staff play ball - the plight of the working class is discussed mainly by people who do no work — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Inside the world of Silicon Valley's “coasters” — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work of course coupled with Silicon Valley is so expensive that people who make $400,000 a year think they are middle-class - the United States as a whole is depicted as evil by default — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Tech companies are ruining America’s image - the currency most people are talking about is fake and worthless — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 5, 2018 - Bitcoin price plunges after cryptocurrency exchange is hacked - the economy is centrally planned, using opaque algorithms not fully understood by their users — Anton Troynikov (@atroyn) July 6, 2018 - People at Facebook don’t know how Facebook works › The real winner of the World Cup? Vladimir Putin Sarah Manavis is the New Statesman's tech and digital culture writer. Sign up to her free weekly newsletter the Dress Down for the latest film, TV, art, theatre and book reviews. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!