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Google’s distortion of reality + Upcoming HR events + Gender Equality


May 10, 2018 By Tarek Pertew


Folks,

I’ve got some useful articles and events for you below, but first, a little rant.

An advanced technology has landed, and I’m thinkin’ the human race is nearing the cliff.

Call me a “Scrooge,” but Google’s new A.I. innovation promises to make robot conversations sound perfectly human.

Collectively we know what it’s like to wonder if an email is authentic or generated artificially to grab our attention. I’ve shipped many a mail merge myself (#sorry). So, we’ve gotten used to that, even though we don’t particularly love it. Now, we won’t know who’s real or fake over the phone. Imagine what cold calls or phone screens will be like when fully automated with A.I.

Super efficient. Completely non-human.

What’s next? Isn’t it obvious? Soon, we won’t know if the person right in front of us is real or fake. Imagine those implications on marriage, friendships, group activities, etc.

Meditate on that for a moment.

In other news! This week I attended an excellent conference hosted by Bloomberg called the Equality Summit, featuring the likes of Ashley Judd, Chelsea Clinton, and Alicia Garza, founder of Black Lives Matter.

In light of the incredible force behind these pro-equality movements, I thought I’d share topical articles for you to read:

READ: Gender inequality in the workplace is not just a women’s issue.

  • Article Quote: “If men are blind to the gender gap experienced by women, we can hardly expect them to care about it, or to be partners in helping to close it.”
  • Related: If you are #HeForShe, get involved here.

READ: Dealing with Sexual Harassment When Your Company Is Too Small to Have HR.

  • Quote: “Small businesses do not need HR to root out and prevent sexual harassment. But leaders need to…” You’ll have to read to find out!

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Happy Thursday to you,

Tarek


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