Technology is the great equalizer: accessible to all, and it even removes the physical barriers to many jobs and careers.
Tech, both loved and feared: Is it taking over our lives? It has reams of data on us. It knows our habits and predicts what we want to buy or do next.
Are we slaves to our devices? Search the topic, “Has Technology Ruined Our Lives?” and you’ll be bombarded with search page after search page connecting you to articles, videos, and talks all telling you that technology has robbed us of the joy of life.
Not so fast, says Bethany Edmunds, a computing sciences instructor, who says technology has changed the lives of all of us for the better and even more so for the disenfranchised. Technology, she points out, is the great equalizer – first in its ability to navigate life for everyone and especially for those with challenges. At the same time, it has also taken away physical barriers to jobs and careers.
We invited Edmunds to join us for a Conversation That Matters about how technology is accessible, coupled with a path to tech careers for non-nerds — a way she says is within our reach.
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