We spent the entire last day of the Fall 2018 quarter talking about bias, power and equity in the work place. Our conversations synthesized our quarter-long learning on management, economics and environmental science, and drew out the presence and implications of bias, explicit and implicit. We discussed the measures we, as managers, could take to recognize and address bias and inequity and wrestled with some of the challenges.

We also pondered the implications of letting bias and inequity go unchallenged. Much of this latter discussion centered around the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact of perpetuating existing bias into the workplace of the future. It was exciting and encouraging to learn from this January 25, 2019 AP wire article that the exact same issues are being debated and tackled at leading technology companies and by human rights advocates.

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