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.

Will the Silicon Valley Secede? Balaji Srinivasan, co-founder of genetics startup Counsyl and a Stanford University lecturer, outlined plans for a techno-utopia at Y Combinator and seceding from the government in order to free technology innovation. His words were warmly received by the crowd, reported CNET. While Srinivasan's plan likely won't happen anytime soon, his proposal sheds light on Silicon Valley's counterculture.

"The best part is this, the people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology, won't follow you there," he says. "We need to run the experiment, to show what a society run by Silicon Valley looks like without affecting anyone who wants to live under the Paper Belt," which refers to environments governed by, say, the U.S. government.

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