In this video, revisit the criteria learned and explore how to apply it going forward.
- This is most amazing period in human history when we have a chance to build that utopian future we saw in the TV series Star Trek. In which it's all about knowledge, enlightenment, shooting for the stars, where our basic wants and needs are met, where we have replicators, all of these wonderful things. But I worry that we also now could descend into the crazy dystopian world of Mad Max where we're in societies ripping itself apart. Where we have so much dysfunction and inequity that we're fighting each other.
It's the choices we make that'll get us there. The choices we make as producers of technology, as developers of technology, as leaders of companies, the choices we make as consumers, the choices we make as voters, the choices we make as human beings. We all now can participate in this innovation economy. There's no right or wrong here. No one knows where these technologies are headed. No one knows how they're going to be used. No one knows what the outcome is going to be of the things we're building. That every technology can be used for good or be used for bad.
No one knows how they're ultimately going to be used or what's going to happen here. But we can steer in a positive direction. We need to ask the difficult questions. You know this is something that bothered me about Silicon Valley. I love Silicon Valley, I love what we're doing over here. But also really worries me that we're not asking the difficult questions. That you have developers who say my job is to develop. My job isn't to lead or to ask the difficult questions. Where product managers who focus only the narrow issues. We have executives who say my role, my responsibility is to my shareholders to maximize shareholder value.
Well, if this is the role we're taking who's going to ask the difficult questions about the impact of our technologies? We must ask the difficult questions. We must look into the impact of our technology. We must be discussing it. Yes, we don't know what's right or wrong but if we come together if we start brainstorming, if we start thinking about the impact of our technologies we can drive them in the right direction. We can steer them. We can develop the right regulations, the right policies. We can develop the right infrastructure, the right technologies to make sure that they're used in a positive way, they're used to uplift mankind. But it won't happen unless we start taking responsibility.
Really, it's up to you now to get involved with this. It's up to you now to take responsibilities, it's up to you to learn about this stuff. There are no excuses over here. We have to get involved, we have to take responsibility, we have to learn, we have to make choices. It's up to you to do that, my friends. You must be involved. If we do it, we can build Star Trek, and I hope that we work together to make it happen.
Vivek Wadhwa offers an approach to help you make intentional choices about the technology you develop and the options you use when faced with uncertainty. He explains how to assess your efforts and deliver outcomes that are aligned with your values and the values of your company. Vivek goes beyond the usual discussion of "is this profitable" to "is this something we should do". Discover how to consider the implications of your actions and choices, weigh your options, and ultimately make more informed and mindful decisions.
- Asking tough questions
- Weighing risks and rewards
- Considering who benefits
- Choosing the right technology
- Determining how to do what is right