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Della Rucker

Della Rucker

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  • This.

    Innovation that matters must be collaborative, transparent, inclusive and done to make the world better. Anything else isn't innovation, it's just twiddling at the edges.

  • Really interesting potential model of using new disruptive technology to make something work that wasn't previously financially possible. The lede is a bit buried on what about cryptocurrency specifically makes this possible, but it appears to result from the fact that the overhead costs of delivering the rewards are deeply reduced by using crypto.

  • Same problem, different tune. If the people who developed facial recognition technology had anyone on their team who was transgender or non binary-- or at least included more diverse people in their testing-- would this have happened?

    The more narrow the range of people we include in our work, the more likely we are to get it wrong.

    “The consequence has been a tremendous under representation of transgender people in the literature, recreating discrimination found in the wider world. AGR research

    Same problem, different tune. If the people who developed facial recognition technology had anyone on their team who was transgender or non binary-- or at least included more diverse people in their testing-- would this have happened?

    The more narrow the range of people we include in our work, the more likely we are to get it wrong.

    “The consequence has been a tremendous under representation of transgender people in the literature, recreating discrimination found in the wider world. AGR research fundamentally ignores the existence of transgender people, with dangerous results.”

  • Just spoke on this today at #INBC33. The most rational, hard-headed reason for diversity to matter is to make better decisions in a complex and multi-faceted world. Silent tokens do not give us those advantages. But if those who are accustomed to having all the say do not make some room for the people who are bringing those different perspectives, then we've all wasted the time and the effort.

  • Very interesting-- in part for the echoes this article contains from the venture capital article the other day.

    I'm all in favor of defining worthwhile impact as a Big Thing-- far too often, we have settled for impact on a few people around us and called it enough. But the question is how-- how to do that in a manner that doesn't turn to hubris and make more of a mess. That's where ethics-- and, I would add, a perspective and decision-making experience that includes many more outside perspectives-

    Very interesting-- in part for the echoes this article contains from the venture capital article the other day.

    I'm all in favor of defining worthwhile impact as a Big Thing-- far too often, we have settled for impact on a few people around us and called it enough. But the question is how-- how to do that in a manner that doesn't turn to hubris and make more of a mess. That's where ethics-- and, I would add, a perspective and decision-making experience that includes many more outside perspectives-- make all the difference. Part of ethics needs to be about empathizing with and working with people who are very different from you.

  • The question we need to ask, and that I'm grateful people are finally asking: what damage is this doing to all of us? What's not getting funded that could have more important impact? What are these assumptions _costing_all of us?

  • Another of the incredibly crucial reasons why are working Innovation and new technologies absolutely must intentionally include people from as many different types of heritage, experience, color, gender expression, etc as at all possible. I think it's safe to guess that if AI design team included not only more people of color, but more people with many kinds of experiences, those implicit assumptions would probably be much more likely to have anticipated that failure. No matter how smart we are

    Another of the incredibly crucial reasons why are working Innovation and new technologies absolutely must intentionally include people from as many different types of heritage, experience, color, gender expression, etc as at all possible. I think it's safe to guess that if AI design team included not only more people of color, but more people with many kinds of experiences, those implicit assumptions would probably be much more likely to have anticipated that failure. No matter how smart we are, we don't know what we don't snow and we need others who can see what we cannot.

  • The money quote:

    "The lack of new business startups is at the very core of our decades-long decline in dynamism. Gallup finds that while America is the best in the world at developing intellectual and innovation talent, it lacks the same highly intentional early identification system for students coming out of high school who can build a big business.

    We have to fix this. We need to build, not just invent."

    Assessment tools like the one they're announcing are a good start. But they're just one

    The money quote:

    "The lack of new business startups is at the very core of our decades-long decline in dynamism. Gallup finds that while America is the best in the world at developing intellectual and innovation talent, it lacks the same highly intentional early identification system for students coming out of high school who can build a big business.

    We have to fix this. We need to build, not just invent."

    Assessment tools like the one they're announcing are a good start. But they're just one piece of the need, and getting too excited about that risks the "genius in the garage workshop" myth.

    While we need to reverse this trend, fast, we need the systems, the infrastructure, in place to do that. And that requires something very different from elite vc's chasing unicorns or Idea Labs where some kind of magic is supposed to happen. It will take a system that equips and enables people from a multitude of backgrounds and colors and lives to create this kind of entrepreneurship-- the real, impactful, meaningful kind.

  • This isn't surprising at all, given the backgrounds that most vc's come from. Telling people that they "should" interact with people who are different from themselves is very different from actually creating the spaces and culture to have that real interface. We don't do that naturally, and we don't do a very good job of doing that altruistically. Overcoming our tendencies to stick to people who look and sound like us requires both deep awareness of the blinds spots in our own world view, and cultural

    This isn't surprising at all, given the backgrounds that most vc's come from. Telling people that they "should" interact with people who are different from themselves is very different from actually creating the spaces and culture to have that real interface. We don't do that naturally, and we don't do a very good job of doing that altruistically. Overcoming our tendencies to stick to people who look and sound like us requires both deep awareness of the blinds spots in our own world view, and cultural systems and structures that push us together in meaningful ways.

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