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Wednesday, November 3 • 11:15am - 11:45am
(Video Broadcast Only) Tech for Good: Could Technology Help Eliminate Bias in the Workplace of the Future? - Al Lynn, Cisco Systems

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There is no question that bias (conscious or unconscious) in the workplace and in hiring practices exists today. And as the world of work continues to make positive steps towards including people from more diverse backgrounds, combating bias is becoming more critical than ever. Now consider that the future of work is leading to more distributed workforces from a global talent pool, using collaboration technologies to work remotely. This means you might never physically meet the people you work with or hire-the only interaction you may have is online. This creates an interesting opportunity because the technology exists to create an online version of someone - effectively creating any identity you want for them. In this scenario, deepfake technology (commonly perceived as bad) could actually be used for good - people would not know if someone is white, black, asian, male, female. Using this together with other complementary technologies such as multi-factor authentication to ensure you can actually confirm that person’s identity you could effectively remove or significantly limit bias in work environments and hiring practices. Sounds far-fetched? It could be closer than you think.


Al Lynn

Vice President Emerging Technology and Incubation, Cisco Systems
Al Lynn is the Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s Emerging Technology and Incubations (ET&I) creating new inventions in software and hardware while opening new markets with customers, partners, startups and academia in Cisco. He is also leading Future Product Innovation and... Read More →

Wednesday November 3, 2021 11:15am - 11:45am PDT
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