Have you ever felt like you have woken up and put the wrong trousers on?
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Nick Park’s animation film was one of my favourites when I was growing up, perhaps the first time I really thought about the impact of Robots.

Fast forward to today, and I have been completely drawn into the changing world of AI and Machine Learning, specifically how the tech world believe that it will shape the way we live, earn….and be human.

I had the privilege of attending a Leadership event last week hosted by Ricoh: How to Ensure Diversity & Inclusion drive Artificial Intelligence enabled technologies.

The discussion paper was presented by Vicky Macleod (Perfect Ltd) and facilitated by Vicky Sleight (Perfect Ltd) and Kim Ballestrin (Elabor8) alongside 15 industry experts, this was a dynamic conversation and heated at times! There was unanimous agreement that there needs to be a “standard” of accountability and transparency. Ian Greenstreet (Board Advisor, London Stock Exchange) succinctly stated that there was a necessity for “Disclosure”.

There was a line in the research paper that kept ringing in my head “AI learns about how the world has been– alarm bells. This means that it is truly down to us (the consumers of this AI) to shape the future; because right now, your AI solution is as intelligent as the historical data inputs – i.e: it learns from what is has already processed….there is nothing stopping your robot from learning bad behaviours and prejudices, adopting them as the new “normal”. This makes the debate around unconscious bias even more complex.

Back to “The Wrong Trousers”: Gromit thinks he has given Wallace the best birthday present ever – a solution that will make his life easier, automate the daily tasks…. making his life better. When Feathers switches the trousers; Wallace goes from inventor to criminal overnight, as Feathers takes control of the trousers to carry out the diamond heist. Luckily, the quick actions of Gromit save the day – but herein lies the question: How do we trust AI – are we too assuming that it is good?

Our willingness to engage with AI is all over the internet – but what is the true impact within a business environment?

Companies want to be hiring diverse workforces; research shows that this promotes better collaboration and innovation – business sustainability and growth. Companies don’t want to hire clones – I am told this daily in my role as a Talent Manager. They do want to hire people who are authentic but can we be certain that the latest AI tools are “inclusive” and not “exclusive”.

We need to work collaboratively to drive diversity and inclusion in the world of AI. The rise of AI will impact all industries on an international scale. We have to create the standards and codes to ensure that there is a clear line of accountability, moreover, to ensure that we can be our authentic selves.

About the author

Belinda is a passionate advocate for inclusive and values based talent attraction & retention. She thrives on the challenges of matching up individuals’ career aspirations to roles with forward thinking tech companies across Europe. By day, she is a Talent Manager at Cloudstream Global & by night, a classically trained singer.