There has been a lot of talk among tech firs about promoting equality and how they can use technology to make the world a ‘better’ place. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, as per a CNBC report, said that it is people and not technology who can play the more critical role in fighting inequality.
Wozniak told CNBC, “Unrest that we’re feeling, these are emotional things and tech is unemotional, so there’s a limitation as to what tech can do.” He further said that, “Tech is tools that humans use to get what they want and need, so it’s really humans in control.”
The Apple co-founder also said that while modern devices are helpful but not by much. “The communication abilities of our modern devices helps us get some truth, but not very much,” he said.
He further said that real action is needed to change things.“Even if you’re making a new product, you might have 1,000 people around the world talking about an idea, and the one that actually makes it deserves the real credit for moving us forward.”
Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared an open letter on racism and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in the US. “While our laws have changed, the reality is that their protections are still not universally applied. We’ve seen progress since the America I grew up in, but it is similarly true that communities of color continue to endure discrimination and trauma,” Cook wrote.
Cook said that everyone, including Apple, needs to “do more”. “We commit to continuing our work to bring critical resources and technology to underserved school systems. We commit to continuing to fight the forces of environmental injustice — like climate change — which disproportionately harm Black communities and other communities of color. We commit to looking inward and pushing progress forward on inclusion and diversity, so that every great idea can be heard. And we’re donating to organizations including the Equal Justice Initiative, which challenge racial injustice and mass incarceration,” he wrote in the letter.