Unleash Your PotentialRenowned technologist Vivek Wadhwa weighs the need for new technologies compared to the giant silicon valleys
- In tech, big doesn’t automatically mean bad.
- 55% of Americans believe that big tech is making their lives better by launching change and their status around the world.
- In the UK confidence in technology fell during the pandemic, despite increasing use.
Renowned technologist Vivek Wadhwa joined UNLEASH CEO Marc Coleman to discuss the possibilities of using the technology for good.
Wadhwa, a prominent fellow at Harvard Law School and a Silicon Valley native urges HR leaders to understand and use the positive impact of tech for employee and business success. But he warned them not to lean on the “dark side” like some big tech CEOs – like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who he said failed in his responsibilities.
“The role of HR has increased rapidly since work has been interrupted. Employees are in a state of panic now because they do not know what the future of the job will look like,” Wadhwa said.
“You have to understand the changing needs of the employee and the trauma they may have gone through and guide them from that perspective. So HR leaders need to understand that they will also be disruptive unless you understand the changing trends. in technology and the new tools and techniques available. ”
Wadhwa said that came from how companies and big tech use human data. It said, where it can be a force for good, or evil. “What allows AI, which is the analysis of data and the trends within your company and outside the company, to be new software available. You have to adapt to new techniques and new processes and i upgrade your services… otherwise you will also lose your job. “
But UNLEASH CEO Marc Coleman believes tech is easing our pandemic lives.
“Technology is the unsung hero and HR is the superhero,”
Wadhwa disagrees, though he is skeptical of his Silicon Valley neighbors.
“HR had to learn new technology in a hurry when the pandemic hit,” Wadhwa said. “Now is the time to understand all the other advances in technology and adaptation to change.”
“Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were my neighbors. I used to consider them good people. I called Zuckerberg Darth Vadar because he got lost on the dark side.”
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Vivek Wadhwa is a prominent fellow in Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program and the co-author of From Incremental to Exponential: How Large Companies Can See the Future and Rethink Innovation. Twitter: @wadhwa