As we wrap up London Tech Week, some of the key themes that emerged at the recent Leaders in Tech Summit were surprisingly not about technology. Refreshingly, the usual tech jargon was eschewed for a realistic talk about technology’s impact on our society.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
Digital ethics are a priority topic for startups and established companies alike. Founders noted that VCs are now questioning them about digital ethics, and not just the validity of their business model when investing in an emerging company (especially if they leverage AI).
#techforgood is a powerful force indeed. IBM showcased the power of #techforgood during a keynote session. They touched upon their work but also called upon attendees to look to it as inspiration. “We leveraged the power of developers to change and potentially save lives. That motivation is unbelievable,” said Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM as he talked about their past projects and upcoming initiatives under Tech for Good.
Creativity is a superpower. Speakers raised the notion that in an age of AI, VR and more, only people have the creative superpowers to evolve, adapt and leverage technology to make the world a better place.
In the end, Google said it best. “I believe the digital age is, more than ever, a human age.”
- Tiffany Guarnaccia, CEO and Founder