Ask Ray | Supporting women in the sciences and technology

April 28, 2014

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Dear readers,

There is a major push in Silicon Valley to recruit more women into software engineering. The overall issue of the lack of women in this field is a national issue.

I strongly encourage and support women in the sciences and in technology.

A recent article I found interesting, and wanted to share:
The New York Times | “Technology’s man problem”

Here is an informative quote from the article:

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“Tech’s biggest companies say that recruiting women is a priority. ‘If we do that, there’s no question we’ll more than double the rate of technology output in the world,’ Larry Page, the chief executive of Google, said last spring. Yet at Google, less than a fifth of the engineers are women.

“This lack of women has become of greater concern in the industry for a number of reasons. For one, the products that the tech industry creates are shaping the future for everyone.”

The New York Times article continues:

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“Perhaps more fundamentally, there are simply more jobs than can be filled by available talent.

“Some 1.2 million computing jobs will be available in 2022, yet United States universities are producing only 39 percent of the graduates needed to fill them.”

Best,
Ray Kurzweil


related reading:
Women at the Frontier: Designing the Future 2012 | “Ray Kurzweil interviewed by daughter Amy Kurzweil”
We Blog the World | “Singularity University, Women at the Frontier and 10 incredible women design the future”


related viewing:

Women at the Frontier: Designing the Future 2012 | Ray Kurzweil is interviewed by his daughter Amy Kurzweil at the 2012 event. Women at the Frontier is an emerging global network of game changers unleashing exponential technology.