Here’s the thing about Wednesdays:
My mid-week action items are typically encumbered by a series of meetings, conference calls, and as much writing as I can possibly pack into short blocks of free time. Not to mention an endless obsession of digesting everything on artificial intelligence and its inevitable trajectory into the space of the internet of things everywhere.
Specifically, I’m digesting stories and studies from the experts who are predicting the evisceration of everyday jobs at the hands of robots and predictive intelligent systems slated to out perform human brain power.
Though I consider myself a futurist and aficionado of apps and software that will make living life on earth a bit more efficient, I’m constantly questioning the future of a society where the most vulnerable will be relegated to the sidelines in a less than hopeful economic future.
Question for the day (and please feel free to share your thoughts with me via email if you’d like to discuss):
Is our attempt at building coding schools, diversity initiatives, inclusivity funds, and the like, matching the pace of the knowledge workforce and its accompanying growth in the tech and science industries? Is there more that we can do to get to solutions faster?
Intrigued and concerned.
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CLARE O’CONNOR | FORBES
How Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer Plans To Beat Amazon and Costco
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BETH KOWITT | FORTUNE
King Bach Launches Bachify, a Photo Editing App for the Social Media Obsessed
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FITZ TEPPER | TECHCRUNCH
Software That Predicts Criminal Behavior Could Be Biased
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RAFI LEZTER | BUSINESS INSIDER
[PRESS RELEASE] Citi Foundation Announces $20 Million Community Progress Makers Fund to Accelerate Impact through Core Operating Support Grants
The Fund will provide unrestricted grant funding to help community organizations lead urban transformation efforts that catalyze economic opportunities for low-income households and communities.