“Technology is for everyone. It sees all humanity as one. It doesn’t know it’s being handled by a man or a woman or a black or a white but inadvertently it often fails to deliver to the ‘other’. Women and blacks.” says an article in ciol.com
Gadgets and apps are designed to solve the problems of a limited, affluent part of the population. An example could be-million laundry delivery startups but few businesses disrupting child care.
“Every time a manufacturer releases a facial-recognition feature in a camera, almost always it can’t recognize black people. The cause of that is the people who are building these products are white people, and they’re testing it on themselves. They don’t think about it.”
Coding means building a product, and there are infinite ways to build it “right.” Therefore, what’s built often reflects the coders’ implicit biases. If they all look the same, live in the same place, and come from the same schools, they are likely to think the same.
To build this new digital world properly, you need people who’ve had different experiences, whether it’s race, gender, or sexuality, or anything.
In Indian context we can add caste, religion or language to this mix. Do you agree?
Do Indian IT work places reflect all these diversities?