Why Today’s Tech Narrative is Way Ahead of Reality

When I worked at Facebook, I used to give a talk to all the incoming product managers about science fiction. My message was that the role of product managers—and tech companies broadly—isn't to come up with new ideas. The ideas and inspiration needed are readily available in literature.

Instead, as tech practitioners, our role is to consider the technological tools currently at our disposal to determine which of these sci-fi ideas are ready to be built and to build them. The challenge is to have the judgement and sensitivity to determine the next logical step and the drive to make it happen.

No subscription? You’re missing out.
Join the high-powered community of tech and business leaders who rely on The Information’s original news and in-depth reporting.
Subscribe to read the remaining 1180 words of this article.
What’s included in a subscription?
Read The Information’s original, in-depth reporting and analysis
Receive as-they-happen articles via email
Talk with award-winning reporters in subscriber-only conference calls
Join the conversation on our subscriber-only Slack channel
Attend intimate, high-powered events with leaders in tech and business
Subscribe to The Information

In the meantime, there are plenty of amazing businesses to be built given the technology that we have today and the platforms that already exist. There is no question that there is more growth to come. But, just like we still don’t have flying cars, I wouldn’t be holding my breath for the full blown AI-AR-VR-self-driving-drone visions of the future we are being sold anytime soon.

17 total comments
Raven Jiang, Mimi Newman and 13 others commented on this article.
Read comments from top tech and industry leaders
Evan Spiegel
Evan Spiegel
CEO, Snapchat
Chamath Palihapitiya
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder & Managing Partner, SocialCapital
Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen
Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz
Jonah Peretti
Jonah Peretti
CEO, Buzzfeed
Adam D'Angelo
Adam D'Angelo
CEO, Quora
Brit Morin
Brit Morin
Founder & CEO, Brit + CO
Dustin Moskovitz
Dustin Moskovitz
Co-Founder, Asana
Christina Miller
Christina Miller
President & General Manager, Turner
Max Levchin
Max Levchin
CEO, Affirm
Adam Mosseri
Adam Mosseri
Director of Product, Facebook
Alex Mather
Alex Mather
The Atheltic
Martha Josephson
Martha Josephson
Partner, Egon Zehnder
James Murdoch
James Murdoch
Co-Chief Operating Officer, 21st Century Fox
Andrew Kortina
Andrew Kortina
Founder, Venmo
Ben Chestnut
Ben Chestnut
Co-Founder & CEO, Mailchimp
Ruchi Sanghvi
Ruchi Sanghvi
VP Operations, Dropbox
Login or Subscribe to follow the discussions happening here and real-time in our   Slack Community.
In a competitive market for engineering talent and attention, in an era in which technology is newly “cool,” there is a literal arms race to tell the biggest story possible.