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Who gets to design the future? Silicon Valley’s unoriginal “inventions” should prompt us to reconsider

Tech companies are reinventing the past. So is the future in the wrong hands?

By Samuel Palin  

Lyft's Shuttle has been criticised as simply a re-invention of city busses. Photo: Lyft/Prospect composite

Lately, Silicon Valley’s tech giants have spent a lot of time and effort inventing things that already exist.

Lyft Shuttle, a new ride sharing service that offers cheap rides along a predetermined route, sounds a lot like another form of public transportation: the bus. And Google’s new worker villages would be familiar to many Victorian mill owners—not to mention many feudal landlords.

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