Ulrich Richter compares Silicon Valley to the Greece of Pythagoras in his book

Pythagorean mathematics and precision are the antecedents of today’s great digital geniuses, explains Ulrich Richter, who in his book Philosophers in the technological age compares the Californian city of Silicon Valley to ancient Greece. The minds that created Google, Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Microsoft or Alibaba “are Pythagoreans, because for them innovations originate in numbers. His way of philosophizing is changing the coexistence of human beings”, the author affirms in an interview.

The Mexican lawyer is the protagonist of “a titanic battle” against Google, as he filed an unprecedented lawsuit for moral damages against the millionaire digital search engine after he refused to remove a blog in which Ulrich was defamed with false information. So far, Mexican judges have agreed with him, ruling that the US-based company paid him $250 million.

However, the litigation continues, “we are going to the last instance, to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, to resolve the controversy. Today we see the great debate that damages the dignity of people, which has a price that is played out every day on the Internet”, says who has been in the legal process for seven years; “They bet that he was going to give up. You also take your blows and you have to redouble your efforts”.

He emphasizes that “those who mark the agenda of humanity are them. Tomorrow there will be a big confrontation between these leaders and the politicians.” Although it would seem that it puts technological heads on a pedestal, “I also question whether their narrative and way of acting are impure Pythagoreans, because they lack the humanistic development that the thinkers of ancient Greece did have.”

In his most recent book, published by Editorial Oceano, the lawyer who graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho addresses the ancient dawn of the technological era with these great philosophers of ancient Greece who gave rise to our current civilization. Pythagoras has a very important place along with his theorem, his tetraktysmusic and mysticism around him.

“We never realized that some philosophers were also mathematicians, the case of Plato and Pythagoras. We are used to being told about virtue, about the good man, about democracy, about coexistence, to extol the virtues of the human being.”

Ulrich makes use of analogies in his historical journey of knowledge; for example, when comparing Stanford University with a new Academy of Plato, the tablets of Babylon with the tablets of today, the great libraries of Alexandria and the monarch Philip II with the great collection of Amazon, Google with the oracle we consult and the algorithm with our contemporary Holy Grail.

Then, it also explores the formation and careers of the new leaders who make sense of today’s world, including Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who created Google (now Alphabet) in college; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon; Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is leading the space race with Space X; Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, all leaders whose fortunes are equal to more than the gross domestic product of several countries.

In his previous books, the activist and researcher at the National Institute of Criminal Sciences addressed other issues related to the role of the citizen.

“I dove into the case against the tech giant Google; I had to find out who they are. Sometimes I wonder if I fight against an algorithm or against a machine”, he concluded.

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Ulrich Richter compares Silicon Valley to the Greece of Pythagoras in his book