How can we build a more inclusive and productive workforce? In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Katherine Zaleski, one of the founders of Power To Fly. Katherine shares how PowerToFly is completely reinventing the traditional hiring process to companies bring more women into the workplace and become more inclusive.
AI and Machine Learning systems are quickly becoming an integral part of how we work with, understand, and socialize with each other. Although this new technology is extremely exciting and offers a new wave of technological advancement, with it comes many ethical issues concerning discrimination, undermining human emotion, breaking social contracts and more.
Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Josh Lovejoy, Principal Design Manager at Microsoft, specializing in the Ethics and Society sector. Josh believes that human-centered design thinking can change the world for the better; that by seeking to address the needs of people- especially those at the margins- in ways that respect, restore and augment their capabilities, we can invent forms of technological innovation that would have otherwise been invisible.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:
Why do corporations want to know what people are thinking and feeling?
Forming trust relationships using AI systems.
What is a design ethicist?
What kinds of things can impartial AI autonomous systems do better than humans.
How do autonomous AI systems take advantage of consumers?
What is predictive policing and how does it relate to AI ethics?
What are some examples of misapplications of Machine Learning systems.
What is a deepfake?
What is a mean opinion score and how does it apply to voice automation?
Josh’s opinion on how AI tools should be developed.
What happens when you give up personal data in exchange for a more personalized experience?
Who should have the authority to make consequential decisions about AI?
How will AI and Machine Learning systems shape our knowledge and create change for the future?
How do you create machine learning systems that are unbiased but still function effectively for the user?
How does Google make successful products when their users are infinitely diverse? Head of Product and Business Inclusion at Google, Reena Jana, shares in this episode the ways that this tech giant takes an inclusive approach to serve its users and be sensitive to different cultural norms. Reena shares how some of Google’s best products were modified and improved through inclusive design and research practices. She describes the innovative AI technology that Google is using to help with product inclusion and make the products better for everyone who uses them. She also shares with Sheana some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way.
Food delivery apps like UberEats are putting mom and pop restaurants out of business. In final episode of Season 1 of the Innovation For All podcast, Chris Webb, CEO of ChowNow, shows the actual cost of meal delivery and how ChowNow is trying to mitigate those risks through an alternative business model.
How much food marketplaces charge the host restaurant, on top of the fees they charge the customer
How his experience at Lehman Brothers in 2008 shapes his current skepticism
Why ordering direct from the retailer should always be the consumer’s first option
Does the restaurant know who is buying their food when ordered through a delivery app?
Why are restaurants willing to use delivery apps even when they are unprofitable?
What does a model that puts the restaurant first look like?
Chris has always had an affinity for small and independently owned restaurants. His love of these small businesses and his own family’s small step into the food retail space revealed a passion at the intersection of food and technology.
ChowNow is the leading online ordering and marketing platform for local restaurants. Founded in 2011, ChowNow currently works with 11,000 restaurants nationwide – making it easy for customers to order directly from their websites, ChowNow-built branded mobile apps and third-party websites including Google, Yelp, and Instagram.
Prior to ChowNow, Chris was a founding investor in healthy, fast-casual chain Tender Greens. Chris’ involvement in Tender Greens fueled his mission to put smaller independent restaurants on a level playing field with the national chains when it came to technology solutions, tools, and apps.
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Learn more about why third-party food delivery apps are unsustainable for independent restaurants at orderbetter.com.
Innovation For All will be returning for Season 2 in May 2019. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform to listen to great episodes in Season 1 and get alerted as soon as Season 2 begins.
Cassie Betts is the founder of District2.Co, a technology company that connects brands/designers with factories to streamline the manufacturing process, and Made In South LA (MISLA), a DevShop Academy. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, learn how Cassie went from being homeless to being called “The Woman Turning South LA into Startup Land” by Forbes.