Jacqui works with in the space that is creating accessible systems of the future. Working with governments and the UN she is at the forefront in ensuring the future is inclusive for all.
As an Internet of Things (IoT) innovator she not only creates the future but she also shapes it. Jacqui talks about the challenges that she is advising the UN and governments from around the world on creating technology and online systems that are inclusive for all, and when she says for all, she means all people from every country. Jacqui has spoken at Davos and met with the father of the modern internet, Tim Berners-Lee. We explore how the world has changed over the last 20 to 30 years due to the birth and growth of the internet, but we must also recognise that we must remain vigilant of Bad Actors and the Dark Web. How this technology develops as the norm for Gen-Alpha and Gen-Beta will shape the world for the future. How can we now ensure that the Boomers and Gen-Xers are not left behind? Listen in to this fascinating conversation with someone right at the heart of this evolution.
Joanne sat down to talk to Dr Jacqui Taylor of Flying Binary and discuss ‘Being Inclusive Means Leaving No One Behind.’
Jacqui is a Web scientist who started out her career as an aerospace engineer. Her mission is to build technology that includes everyone. She is trying to achieve this through deep technology, which is built from engineering principles, but includes major scientific advances. She is utilising talent, originally from Generation Z, but now also Generation Alpha. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web wanted to connect humanity to its own truth, and Jacqui’s work is a continuation of this.
11 years ago, only 18% of the world was on the web, but now this is over 50% and there is more capacity available than those that choose to be connected, meaning that for anyone who wants to join they can as soon as they make that personal choice. Jacqui’s company works on the technology to make this vision true and on ensuring no one is left behind in the process, which is what she means by inclusion. She also works on the dark web and cyber space to maintain vision, despite phenomenon of cyber criminals.
Every generation can be connected now, should they wish to be, but generation Alpha are the first generation to be fully immersed in technology. Jacqui calls them the curious generation; they have no concept of information not being immediately available. Generation Z are web entrepreneurs, who influence 40% of the economic spend across the world and introduced us to the explore phase. It is no coincidence that inclusion is becoming so pervasive and a focus for so much of the world because gen alpha knows no reason why it shouldn’t be. There will be an acceleration in the adoption of the web with them. Gen Beta will affect the direction of spend and influence, they will amplify change and carry on work of Gen Z.
Our growing use of technology, especially in younger generations means digital detoxes are becoming a thing of the past, and if we never switch off what effect does this have on our mental health? Jacqui believes that lockdown has helped with this, as we have understood our dependency on human interaction and social contact. It has also highlighted that not everything we access online is good for us but telling the difference can be a minefield. Jacqui has started a project, ‘the social guardian’ to safeguard young people on the web, something that generation alpha have said they need. Online harm is often not transparent, so this app was created to support mental health and show young people how to navigate the online world, allowing them their own options, whilst understanding when it is not safe for them personally.
With the constant introduction of new technology, the gulf between generations is rapidly increasing, if you are not tech savvy and adaptable to new thinking you are becoming obsolete in demands for the future. People need to be AI, dark web, cybercrime savvy etc. Jacqui says that these changes and advancements are for everyone and that today is only a signal for how far away we are from where we are going to be.
At present only 40 countries could say their digital economy had the skills to copy a file, or to use emails. So, technology is on a huge spectrum and we need to use digital skills to bridge this gap. Jacqui is working on collateral to help entrepreneurs work on their growth agenda to meet the new economy. If you can get your business and what you deliver 10% online, then you are well positioned for the new future Jacqui talks about.
The current COVID pandemic has accelerated many job roles become obsolete, through automation and AI. We used to build our expertise up throughout our career, so how do you now get on to this pathway? Advisory AI – machine does ‘heavy lifting’ gives human output which they then decide whether this matters and what to do with it, decide how we configure our world. Our future workforce will look very different – 80% of current jobs will no longer exist.
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