Last month news broke that an AI-powered facial recognition technology used by law enforcement was actually biased against, well, pretty much everyone other than white men. This news hit the public like a slap in the face, but it’s something I’ve been seeing behind the scenes for some time now. Artificial intelligence as a technology isn’t good or bad – it just is.
Everyone’s talking about workplace diversity today, and for good reason: when you expand the range of perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of your team, you also extend your reach toward innovation and overall excellence. But gender and ethnicity dominate many of the discussions about diversity–and companies need to start talking more about an age diverse workplace as well.
Let’s play a quick round of the game “Three Truths and a Lie.” Which three of the following four statements are true–and which one is false?
Not Just Baby Boomers
Being right in the middle of the Baby Boom cohort I see examples of age discrimination all the time. As I visit high tech firms I feel like Methuselah when I see all the workers surrounding me. However, it is not just Baby Boomers who are in that boat. The leading edge of the Gen X generation is now in their mid-50s. There is a big wave of older workers that businesses are going to have to deal with.