Silicon Valley is a singular environment whose inhabitants often have interests and preoccupations that are quite different from those of individuals who live elsewhere in the United States. Silicon Valley is also the preeminent incubator of new technology in the nation. While some of this technology has obvious utility for Americans living outside the San Francisco Bay Area, much of it does not. This gives rise to the impression that the Silicon Valley is somehow more technologically advanced than other parts of the U.S. and is waiting for those less advanced places to catch up with it. Is it really, though?