One of the biggest surprises I had when I entered the AI industry was the lack of women that were present within it. It's not just at the senior levels either, it's a problem which seems to be present throughout every layer of AI organisations.
It's September and my social media is jam packed with photos of children heading back to school. For some, it is the very first time they will enter our education system. But what many of them don't know is that the jobs they will eventually find and settle into later down the line are not the jobs that exist today. 65% of children entering primary school this month will work in jobs in the future we don't even know about yet.
If ever proof were needed that it is not possible to "have cake and eat it" over the EU, here it is. I refer to the revelations last week about the details of migrant controls (in a leaked Home Office paper) which prompted business concerns at the "catastrophic" consequences for employee recruitment in a range of sectors.
Despite a flurry of position papers from government, our members still have no idea what will happen to their work when the UK leaves the EU in just 18 months' time. Uncertainty is not neutral - every extra day damages relationships and perceptions.
The unique value of our tech industry comes from the large number of digital businesses starting up and scaling globally out of the UK market. Just look at the hotbeds of innovation in Tech City, Silicon Fen or the Thames Valley areas.
Employability now depends less on what individuals already know and more on their ability to learn, apply and adapt. By adopting a flexible workforce and approach to training and development, British businesses can work with their existing employees to mould their skills and knowledge to fit the required roles, and build their technical prowess.
As technology matures, the lines surrounding app development continue to blur. What is and isn't mobile is no longer clear, and as a result, the solutions and approaches to app development are becoming less specific. Not that long ago, mobile app development was a siloed function within IT.
We are living in an era where our working environment is drastically changing. Technology has become one of the key components of organisations across all types of businesses, whether it's a multinational corporation or an SME, and our reliance will only increase. We are in the midst of another industrial revolution that shows no sign of slowing down and IT firms are reaping the benefits of this.
Ultimately, all of us need to make the right choices to ensure we use technology to develop skills in a way that helps everyone to succeed. This needs to be our response to the challenges posed by technology and globalisation - and it's everyone's responsibility.
Using automation and AI to undertake routine functions could free up our supply of engineers for more creative tasks. Our engineers would control and steer the algorithmic optimisations set up for machines. We should embrace the opportunities this could create for global development.