Silicon Valley's grand job experiment with people as guinea pigs

For roughly 2,300 years, Aristotle's edict, "We work in order that we may have leisure", has explained a lot of why humans do what they do.

Philosophers in every age have upheld the virtue of work, providing that, at some point, we could kick back a little bit. But Silicon Valley is busy fiddling with that ancient contract.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'Silicon Valley's grand job experiment with people as guinea pigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe