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Diversity in Tech: This Video Might Make You Angry.

The tech industry has a big problem with diversity and it is not just with gender.

A video tweeted by Chukwuemeka Afigo (@Nke_ise) is an example of the failings of technology when it comes to diversity.
You can watch the video below:

No matter how many times he tried, the soap dispenser’s sensor refused to give out hand soap to a user with a dark complexion. A further search on YouTube showed similar videos.

 

The problem most likely stemmed from the fact that the engineers who developed the sensors used on these soap dispensers shared similar complexions and didn’t realize the sensors wouldn’t work for everyone. So, their lack of diversity inevitably led to a bad product.
I mean, if you have no black people in your office, will it even occur to you to test if something works for them?

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15 comments on “Diversity in Tech: This Video Might Make You Angry.

  1. Rapsowdee says:

    Unintentional RACISM….

    1. Kᴀʏʙᴀɴɢ ᴵˢ Ⓑₐₜₘₐₙ says:

  2. Smart says:

    It’s funny n sad at d same time. Lol

  3. Chimezie says:

    I am actually pissed right now.

    1. Kᴀʏʙᴀɴɢ ᴵˢ Ⓑₐₜₘₐₙ says:

  4. Alexys says:

    Retarded racists…When will they learn😡

    1. Rapsowdee says:

      ” The problem most likely stemmed from the fact that the engineers who developed the sensors used on these soap dispensers shared similar complexions and didn’t realize the sensors wouldn’t work for everyone. So, their lack of diversity inevitably led to a bad product. ”
      ________________________________________________________________________
      It’s not like they did it intentionally na…. They didn’t pay attention to the fact that only people of their race tested the gadget…. And you know how machines are…..
      And if it was intentional……
      MAY THEY BE TRUMPATIZED when blacks start ruling the world

  5. Emerson says:

    Well it’s unintentional but I suppose R&D are still stages in developing anything so they should have found out

  6. Omane Moses says:

    Most comments I see here are retarded. Tobi has started feeding y’all minds with stereotypical post the next one coming up is about feminist bullshit. Smh. All the dispenser una don use for una life refuse to give una soap abi.

    1. פN∀q⅄∀ʞ ɨֆ ᏰᏗᏖᎷᏗᏁ says:


    2. Emerson says:

      You’re trying to make sense- coz I thought these dispensers and dryers used motion sensors and wtf has that gotta do with being black or white? Or are blacks really that different?

      1. Chimezie says:

        You guys are olodos

  7. OBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, HOW MANY DISPENSERS HAS THE USED? THE QUESTION 🙋 IS, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TEST A GADGET BEFORE MASS RELEASE? MOST TIMES, AND GENERALLY SO, THE WHITES MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS WITH THEIR PEOPLE IN MIND AND THE ‘BLACKS’ ARE ALWAYS AN AFTER THOUGHT. FOR INSTANCE, HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT AN HIGH END PHONE 📱 WITH ANY OF THE THREE MAJOR NIGERIAN LANGUAGES AS PART OF THE LANGUAGE OPTION FOR THE PHONE 📱? OR LET ME EVEN GO OUT OF TECH. THE THEORY THAT ANY FOOD YOU TAKE AFTER 20:00 HRS IS A POISON YO YOUR BODY IS NOT SO RIGHT AS THAT THEORY IS PREMISED ON THE FACT THAT, ANY MOMENT FROM THAT TIME, YOU MAY GO TO BED, BUT WHAT OF ‘NIGHT 🌃 CRAWLERS’ LIKE ME WHO DON’T SLEEP IN THE NIGHT 🌃, DOES THE FOOD BECOMES POISON TO OUR BODY TOO?
    TO SUM IT ALL, THE VIDEOS ABOVE IS NOT A POINTER TO THE FACT THAT WAS INTENTIONAL. TECH DIVERSITY DEBATE WILL SOON BE A BIG SUBJECT, BUT FOR NOW, NO NO NO…

  8. chukwuma okereke says:

    Nothing has changed coz racism is still alive… We are all gassed up with the struggle to survive

  9. George Jinn says:

    Tobi, this is really some sensitive stuff you just put up here-i commend you. Personally, i strongly feel this is intentional. The question is: “Are the restrooms where these devices were to be deployed serving only white folks?”. Why would an engineer ignore that? During R&D, who and how were these tested. This isn’t ignorance, because these were developed to be sold. If the developer wants to make more money, why not make sure he has a solid produce ala “soap dispenser for Americans”? Some real BS these white folks be still on.

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