If we let earth talk, what do you think she would say to our ‘progressive’ digital planet?
The word ‘digital’ now encompasses such a wide array of tech, data, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence… the list goes on. It can be hard to get your head around it because the talk is so wide ranging and the jargon increasing daily. However, there is a common foundation to all of the digital space and that is the environment. Digital doesn’t become digital today without the use of minerals, plastic and an awful lot of energy.
Also, it is common for people to talk about digital as if it is devoid of human interaction – like it is a species of its own – and lots of excited chatter about how AI could become a ‘being’. However, the reality is, for now at least, that digital refers to the tools that humans use. How we behave as humans is therefore projected through our design, development and implementation of tools – and then the use of the tools.
So digital is a reflection of us and how we see and interact with the environment.
Interviewee Jannat Maqbool
In the podcast we speak to Jannat Maqbool, based in Melbourne, Australia.
Jannat is an international leader in the digital space, having led multiple initiatives to ensure data, tech, ai and other tools are developed from a sound ethical basis. She has been pivotal to the digital sector’s change-making, speaking globally on the digital issues that are front and centre for future generations, including equity, accessible finance, the role of digital twins, open source data and many other critical issues.
Her directorships span multiple countries and include international tech companies, universities, government agencies and not-for-profits.
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