The Secret History of Silicon Valley

‘Let’s enlist universities directly in the war effort.’

Our video pick of the day is this 2008 talk (1 hr.) by entrepreneur and Stanford professor Steve Blank about how the defense industry first shaped Silicon Valley—starting with Stanford, which after World War II “became a full partner in the military-industrial complex.”

For a connection between this speech and PRISM, here’s a recent blog post by Blank on what the NSA might be doing inside your computer.