Since 2013, the Dutch company Fairphone have been selling “socially responsible” smartphones. An alternative to the other machines currently making up the bulk of the market that are impossible to repair and produced in opaque conditions.
Luvuyo Rani is the co-founder and director of South African company Silulo Ulutho Technologies. What started out as a computer repair service and an Internet café twelve years ago now provides computer training to 4000 people a year in the country’s townships. We’ve talked with Luvuyo Rani about education, empowerment and the potential of technology.
For a long time, we thought the idea came out of science fiction: machines so intelligent that they could perform tasks in place of Humans, even replace them completely. Big budget movies were full of it, from Minority Report (2002) to A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), from Blade Runner (1982) to Ghost in the Shell (1995 and 2017). And then, these last few years, predictions became concrete. Artificial intelligence entered the world of business and our daily lives. Raising the question that could become crucial to humanity's future: in a world marked by machines' intelligence, how can we guarantee that it will always be in the service of all?
Who are we?
The World Forum for a Responsible Economy (WFRE) is an annual event that gathers 6,000 economic and business leaders,citizens, entrepreneurs, students…from all over the world to advocate for a responsible and sustainable economy and impulse concrete changes within our territory through conferences and workshops.
This event is organized by “Réseau Alliances”, the largest CSR best practice platform (please visit: http://www.bipiz.org/en/) in France.
This year we will celebrate our 11th edition and we are planning our event on 17-19 October, 2017 in the city of Lille, capital of North of France.