Blockchain is practically everywhere, and I am still unsure what to make of it. But as Megan Rose Dickey and Maiden co-founder Raine Revere points out, it's lagging significantly in diversity, even in the generally weak tech space.
But what the linked article doesn't touch on is why does this matter? Two words — Social Progress.
When diverse communities gain access to the education around emerging technologies, a completely different subset of problems are solved. Problems that focus on the needs of such communities that the likes of high tech analysts may not discover on their own.
So where do we start in order to expose how technology is changing? Surely education has got to be a big part of this.
Some great events and developments are already occurring:
RUSH CTO and Founder, Danushka Abeysuriya is talking about the world of Blockchain at a meetup in Auckland later this week. The talk will point to to the technological changes we are seeing today and discuss how blockchain works, how it is already impacting the global economy, and the prospect of what it can do for us as businesses and consumers in the immediate future.
The likes of Tech week and events such as the Stanford Women in Data Science (WiDS) New Zealand Conference 2018 happening in March are also positive steps forward.
The blockchain, and its potential in decentralising industries and our society at large “is worthwhile and it is worth pursuing,” Revere said. The issue, however, is that there is “not quite enough awareness on the social aspect, and if we’re not careful, we will create a really liberating technology that doesn’t actually do much other than create a Wall Street version two.” Revere added, “So if we want this technology to actually have a positive effect on society, we need these economic improvements to be accompanied by improvements to the accessibility and the inclusivity of this technology.”