Garbage in, garbage out. Racism in the Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift. A LEAD Global Briefing by Futurist Chet W. Sisk.
The great challenge that exists inside the Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift is to make sure it is not an extension of the old world. The old world for the past few centuries has been a basic clinic in the application of racism and other biases. The basic promise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution/ World Shift is that the continually emerging technology and expanded thinking of possibilities presents an opportunity to create a more egalitarian, shared and abundant world. That knife with the technology cuts both ways. It can also create these challenges....
AI is reflecting the biases and racism that we program into it...https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/03/22/artificial-intelligence-is-quickly-becomin...
The economic inequality could greatly increase in the coming few years because of automation. That will disproportionately affect communities of color and other vulnerable populations....https://thewire.in/109662/inequality-technology-robotic-age/
As we continue to rely on the internet for our lives ahead, we'll have to deal with the racism baked in....http://www.businessinsider.com/internet-racism-2012-5
What can be done?
Here are some suggestions that can help.
1. Developer and programmer teams must be more than diverse in skin color, but diverse in culture, socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences. Different experiences allows teams to look through different lens that can provide a more diverse perspective. Uniform groups has the tendency to breed conformity of ideas and stereotypes.
2. The Fourth Industrial Revolution should stimulate the growth of society. I'm not talking about growth in the traditional economic sense, but growth through the development of the people. Training, volunteering, the arts and empowerment classes should now be part of the way forward. This means all members of a society are gifted with a sense of agency in the world.
3. Champion innovation with people from un-traditional backgrounds. Partnerships that cross cultural, geographic, and political lines to leverage the broadest possible solution to the transformation of society. Our world is more connected now than at any known time in human history. Our wisdom and leadership should reflect that 21st century truth.
4. Purpose to leverage technology to cross the digital divide. I have worked with companies whose first questions were "how do we weaponize this new technology" or "how can we make money from it?". We may want to start advancing the conversation by asking "how do we help create an environment where more people can be empowered?" Starting with that question could help us cross the digital divide and a more prosperous population.
We can get in front of the dangers of this time of change, but it will take an intention on our part.
LEAD GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org