While I was initially cautious about the topic of ethics, it has become a popular topic and so much of what I do ties into it. To demonstrate how I intend professionals who would like to start a network or community could use the Design in Focus platform, I started the RANDSTAD UX network because of my own involvement in this area. Open invite to start any other CID (creative, innovation, design) networks & communities! In the coming time I will share training on that too.
Back to the topic, Randstad UX took off and grew a bit bigger than anticipated. In January we collaborated with Ladies that UX for an interactive discussion event. PwC, who graciously hosted us, requested that we use the theme Design for Good and with that we landed on the topics ethics & AI.
On the event page you can watch the livestream, although it's a bit noisy because of last minute unavoidable challenges, there are some interesting discussions.
Some bad news
For the event I also published an article with some of my thoughts and discoveries. It is a highly critical and brutally honest reflection of my encounters linked to the topic. It's a super long article too, so I don't think it has much appeal to the average person, but if it does for you, drop your comments below and let's start talking.
During the event and in the article, you can find Cecilia Scolaro's quote "AI is learning from us". While many are concerned about losing their jobs, there is a very real threat in AI which I have not yet seen addressed.
Machine learning develops stronger strategies, who has access? I will leave it at that and if you read the article you will either know or we can start a conversation here.
Now, the good news
While finding members for the event panel, all kinds of conversations started and I got in touch with so many dedicated professionals who are working on solving problems daily and making positive impact. Due to the sheer amount of people, I decided to create the Design for Tomorrow Awareness Week event in summer this year. During this week I'm planning an explosion of events relating to positive impact design. Ethics once again pops up!
Well and that is already a lot of developments surrounding this topic, but wait! For this months Randstad UX event, we decided on the theme Design for Accessibility. Even more human centered design.
Ok, is that enough advertising? Yup, and reflective of the extend to which ethics has become a popular topic here on Design in Focus.
Does this interest you? What kind of topics should we include, or could you add?