If Facebook staffers opt to move in to work, they’ll be getting a very sweet deal out of it: the Anton Menlo project includes all the comforts of suburbia and college combined. What 20-something engineer wouldn’t want to live in a walled compound?
Planning documents obtained by Valleywag detail the amenities some employees will soon enjoy: an area called “The Quad” with flowering trees, fountains, and “light effects.” A “backyard” rec zone with bocce ball, pool, cabanas, and BBQ pits. Of course, there’s an area for dogs, and an outdoor kitchen. To really finesse that You’ve been removed from the rest of society vibe, a six-foot wall surrounds most of the project.
Work is only five minutes away—and thanks to mediocre or non-existent public transit options, no one from The Outside will be able to easily visit. It’ll be like you never existed on Earth before joining Facebook.
* Facebook Think is Correct Think.
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Inspired in part by the “ugly t-shirt,” a garment dreamed up by William Gibson that would provide invisibility to CCTV surveillance, Niquille thinks of her shirts as “facial recognition dazzle,” referring to a unique brand of camouflage employed by ships in World War I. Pioneered by artist Norman Wilksinson, dazzle camouflage involved covering warships in conflicting geometric patterns to throw off an enemy combatant’s ability to gauge their speed, range, size and heading. “The shirts attempt a similar strategy. They won’t keep your face from being recognized, but they will offer distraction,” he explains. Their real-world efficacy, Niquille says, depends on how baggy the shirt is on the wearer: the tighter the better for giving Facebook’s software something to zero-in on.
* for those playing at home, the idea of the magic sigil tee in Zero History was contributed by Bruce Sterling. It doesn’t get much more #cyberpunkfuturepresent than this ugly tee.
#4. Diplomatic relations are opened with your rival Feudal Stack Overlords at Facebook, for the free flow of goods and services.
Newt appears to be offering himself for the role, shown here promoting Google Glass to Republican 2.0 set on Facebook’s recently acquired hipstergram territory.
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