Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Future technology shaped by White Men

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg completed his 2019 “personal challenge” on Monday, his version of a New Year’s resolution. This year he pledged to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society -- the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.”

The problem? Almost all of Zuckerberg’s discussions were with fellow white men -- who have always dominated the technology industry.

In the six discussion videos Facebook posted throughout the year, 8 of Zuckerberg’s 9 guests were male, and almost all of them were white. Seven were professors or doctors -- and all but one were over the age of 40.

The group’s homogeneity speaks to one of the biggest criticisms of Silicon Valley: That tech is primarily driven and shaped by the decisions of white men, a reality evident in the employee demographics for almost all major technology companies.
Actually those Silicon Valley companies have a preference for hiring Asian immigrants over Whites.

But of course future technology is being shaped by White men. That is how it has been for 500 years, and it might be that way for the next 500 years.

These articles are just expressions of White male hatred.

If Zuckerberg make poor choices, then maybe the article could suggest some black women who might have insights into future technology. But it doesn't do that. It just complains about their race and sex.

It used to be that such an article was almost the definition of racism -- attacking people for the color of their skin, and nothing else. Now the mainstream press is filled with articles that just attack Whites for being white.

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