Admittedly, the D.C. metropolitan area may not share Silicon Valley’s reputation as a leader in technology trends. Instead, partisan infighting and endless ties to a vast federal bureaucracy seem to be the antithesis of innovation.
But that assumption misses how important all these dynamics are to today’s technology environment. From the Biden administration’s executive order on responsible artificial intelligence to local companies still relying on large government contracts, the past year has demonstrated the power the nation’s capital and surrounding counties have in shaping the future of technology. highlighted. No wonder it frequently ranks high in national technology rankings.
Given the region’s power in all moving parts of the industry, we asked the 2023 RealLIST Engineers a series of questions about leadership and the future. Two of his are: Terry Bazemore Jr. is the co-founder and COO of Ey3 Technologies, based in Prince George’s County. said Michael Akinwumi, chief technology equity officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance, which is adjacent to the White House.
What technology trends do you think will occur in 2024?
In 2024, I foresee a pivotal trend: widespread adoption and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in daily life and the workforce. This year is expected to be a milestone year in AI development, with significant advances across a variety of fields promising immense potential. As AI becomes more integrated into our daily activities, from personalized technology solutions to workplace automation, its impact on efficiency and productivity will be profound.
Additionally, the ethical and social implications of AI will be at the forefront of the discussion. While embracing these technological advances, it is important to also address the challenges they bring, such as data privacy, changes in employment, and ensuring that AI is used responsibly and without bias. The focus will be on creating AI that not only enhances our capabilities, but is also in harmony with our values and social norms.
Ultimately, 2024 will not only be a technological breakthrough in AI, but also a future in which AI will be integrated into society in beneficial, ethical, and sustainable ways.
In 2024, we expect to see significant advances in the scalability of data frameworks, architectural designs, and training methodologies for AI models, especially as we move into the realm of multimodal underlying models. At the same time, we expect to see a surge in the development of open source tools designed for rigorous stress testing of AI applications. These tools will align with the principles set forth in the White House Executive Order, which emphasizes the safe, secure, and reliable evolution of artificial intelligence technology.
What are some important leadership lessons you have learned in your career?
One of the key leadership lessons that has deeply influenced my approach throughout my career is the principle of “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” This has been fundamental in shaping how I interact with people, from family to career-based relationships.
- listening — This principle taught me the value of active and empathetic listening. By prioritizing understanding, we ensure we fully understand the perspectives and concerns of our team members before making any opinions or decisions. This approach fosters an environment where everyone feels heard and valued.
- dispute resolution — In conflict situations, this lesson is invaluable. By first seeking to understand the perspectives and feelings of everyone involved, you can more effectively manage disagreements and find thoughtful and balanced solutions.
- communication —My communication skills have also been improved. Understanding the needs and perspectives of others before expressing your thoughts leads to more meaningful and effective interactions. This approach helps you convey your message in a way that resonates with your team.
- empathy — Embracing this principle has increased my ability to empathize. This involves putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and understanding their challenges and motivations. This is important for building strong trust within your team.
- motivation — Finally, this lesson is the basis of how I motivate my team. By understanding their aspirations, strengths, and areas for growth, I can provide personalized encouragement and support, which improves morale and productivity.
Throughout my career, I have found that taking a minimalist approach to leadership has a huge impact. It emphasizes simplicity and clarity to foster an environment where creativity can flourish. This style consistently allows team members to explore and realize their passions, sometimes pursuing new avenues and surprisingly solving complex challenges quickly and innovatively. It’s done.
What are the resolutions of experts and the community for 2024?
Looking ahead to 2024, the resolve of Ey3’s professionals and community is centered around expanding our workforce development initiatives. After our successful entry into this field in 2023, we aim to not only continue but also strengthen our diverse training program offerings, including Scrum, Drone Certification, Customer Service, and CMMC. These programs are designed to open new career opportunities and educational avenues for a variety of community members, including young people, older adults, returnees, and upskilling and reskilling learners.
Our main focus this year is to ensure that our training programs lead to tangible career outcomes. We are dedicated to establishing a strong pipeline that not only trains individuals, but actively assists them in securing positions in their chosen fields. Our goal is to significantly increase the impact of our community efforts and turn training programs into real-world career opportunities.
We are committed to providing free access to these opportunities through state and federal funding, thereby removing financial barriers and ensuring that a broader segment of our community can benefit. Masu. Our determination is to equip individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge, foster career growth, and contribute to the development of the community as a whole.
Looking ahead to 2024, my professional and community resolve is focused on championing the concept of red teaming. I aim to advance AI beyond its traditional role in security and advocate for its important role in ensuring its responsible development and application in the housing sector. I believe this practice is key to advancing AI technology in ways that are not only safe, but also ethically sound and beneficial to communities.
What technology trends do you think we’ll see in 2024? What are some important leadership lessons you’ve learned in your career? Do you have similar resolutions? To share your own thoughts and predictions, email email@example.com.
Series: 2023 Leadership Development Month
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