Asian tech agenda should be peo­ple-cen­tered, says Ro­bredo

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

MANILA -- Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo urged the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors as well as the academe to fo­cus their re­spec­tive tech­nol­ogy agen­das in en­sur­ing that eco­nomic growth be­come truly in­clu­sive.

In her key­note speech dur­ing the 1st Asian Fo­rum on En­ter­prise for So­ci­ety (AFES) in Pasay City Tues­day, Ro­bredo said the dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion­led growth world­wide should fo­cus on the in­ter­ests of peo­ple, not merely on en­hanc­ing inan­i­mate ma­chines.

She noted that de­spite the global eco­nomic ex­pan­sion and rapid growth of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, com­plex prob­lems such as hunger, poverty, in­equal­ity, vi­o­lence, ter­ror­ism, and war, among many oth­ers per­sist.

“We must in­creas­ingly make sure the hu­man agenda is not sub­sumed by the tech agenda. The fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion should not be just about ma­chine. It should keep the fo­cus on our hu­man­ity,” the Vice Pres­i­dent stressed.

“Ma­chines are ready for the next stage, but it seems hu­mans are not. If I were to reimag­ine the fu­ture so full of ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions, I pro­pose this: That we must think of hu­mans, es­pe­cially those who are poor and marginal­ized in ev­ery de­ci­sion that we made -- big or small,” said Ro­bredo.

On the other hand, she rec­og­nized that in­no­va­tion is driven by profit and should serve the in­vestors as well.

“Much of in­no­va­tion is driven by profit. Re­search and de­vel­op­ment are not cheap. Tech­nol­ogy must also serve the cap­i­tal­ist, or else it will never ex­ist,” Ro­bredo said.

But she chal­lenged the in­no­va­tors to make the tech agenda serve not only the cap­i­tal­ist but also so­ci­ety in gen­eral.

Mean­while, the two­day AFES 2018 is be­ing at­tended by lead­ers, in­dus­try movers and shak­ers as well as those in­volved in the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity sphere in South­east Asia. At the core of the event are dis­cus­sions on how var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions can con­trib­ute to a sus­tain­able fu­ture for all.

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