Here are all the real-life ways in which Silicon Valley is like the Soviet Union

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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 :

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

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

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

- 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

- 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 joins Theranos’ board of directors

Veritas change in CEO means shedding “dozens” of jobs
- In Silicon Valley, failing is succeeding

- Google only cares about measurable improvements, and their overqualified staff play ball

- 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

- Tech companies are ruining America’s image

- Bitcoin price plunges after cryptocurrency exchange is hacked

- People at Facebook don’t know how Facebook works

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.

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