“The Best Part of My Work Is Streamlining User Experience” Says Summer Intern Through the Eyes of Dying Dreams
San Francisco, CA--Today William Chiang is finishing up his eight-week-long internship at Uber, applying his passion for math and science to changing the layout of Uber’s user interface.
“The Best Part of My Work is Streamlining User Experience” says Chiang, but behind his dark irises you can see the innocence of a child, a child who had big hopes and dreams for the future, and that child is slowly dying. His life energy being sucked out, traded in so that Chiang has the energy to pretend to be passionate about making on-screen buttons look glossy.
But that child was not always dying. It was autumn of 2002 in Concord, Massachusetts. Billy Chiang was playing in the back yard with some legos, digging through a bin to find the exact piece he needed to finish his lego spaceship.
“You know I used to be really good at math and physics” Chiang tells me. “There’s a certain beauty in how some of those formulas seem so simple, but then behind that simplicity there’s a deep complexity.”
Chiang’s tired eyes light up, and the boy behind them--Billy--seems to gasp for fresh air.
“You know it may sound silly but when I was a kid I always wanted to work for NASA. I had such a passion for science and technology and I wanted to help push the frontiers of what humans can do, but...you know...you gotta make money to survive, and I’m making a lot of money this summer at my internship”
The child starts to wither again.
“Maybe I’ll see if I could work for SpaceX”
We hear two Uber employees making sexual comments about a female coworker.
“Yo Blake you see what Alice is wearing today”
“Yea Chad I’d love to evaluate her ASSets
And with that the child is dead. What could have been never was. Humanity will never go to mars, but be doomed to live on this dying earth, up to our knees in broken phones and discarded plastic, doomed to be alone with nothing but a user friendly interface.