In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

Don’t Let Laws Get in the Way Despite Google's tech version of Disney's "It's a Small World," Google CEO Larry Page wants even more isolation, self-reliance and freedom from the tyranny of, say, public health regulations. Speaking at the Google I/O developers conference this summer, Page said:

"There are many, many exciting and important things we can do but we can't do because they're illegal or not allowed by regulations. As technologists we should have safe places where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society and people without having to deploy into the normal world. People who like those kind of things can go there and experiment."

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