The potential for AI to further equality is genuine. However, we need to move beyond the idea that technology and data are inherently neutral and fair. Unless we intentionally identify and address inequality, we are very likely to unconsciously further it. The rapid growth of AI makes this an urgent issue.
It’s worth acknowledging up front that, to some, I can easily look like part of the problem. After all, I’m a man in a leadership position. However, as an LGBT business leader, I’ve seen the power of allies, and I believe that men have a positive role to play in the journey towards gender equality.
I have always been passionate about diversity in the workplace. Diversity is now undeniably proven to be good for business (recent McKinsey research found that with 30%+ female leadership, companies can expect to add up to 6% to its net margin), as well as very simply just the right thing to do. Although I appreciate the recognition, I’m acutely aware that our journey is still in its infancy and we have a long way to go until the companies in which we work truly reflect the customers we serve and the societies in which we live.