Tim Cook: ‘No Good Excuse’ For Lack of Women In Tech
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Apple chief executive Tim Cook says there are still “not enough women at the table” at the world’s tech firms — including his own. He said there were “no good excuses” for the lack of women in the sector. Apple has just launched its founders’ development program for female founders and app creators in the UK. “I think the the essence of technology and its effect on humanity depends upon women being at the table,” Mr Cook says. “Technology’s a great thing that will accomplish many things, but unless you have diverse views at the table that are working on it, you don’t wind up with great solutions.”

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Apple had 35% female staff in the US in 2021, according to its own diversity figures. It launched its original Apple Health Kit in 2014 without a period tracker — which led to accusations that this was an oversight due to male bias among its developers. One challenge facing the sector is the lack of girls choosing to pursue science, tech, engineering and maths subjects at school. “Businesses can’t cop out and say ‘there’s not enough women taking computer science — therefore I can’t hire enough,'” says Mr Cook. “We have to fundamentally change the number of people that are taking computer science and programming.” His view is that everybody should be required to take some sort of coding course by the time they finish school, in order to have a “working knowledge” of how coding works and how apps are created. According to Deloitte Global, large global tech firms will reach nearly 33% overall female representation in their workforces in 2022 on average — with 25% occupying technical roles.

In the interview with the BBC, Cook also commented on the future of augmented reality, saying: “in the future, people will wonder how we lived without AR.” He added: “we’re investing a ton in that space.” Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple could announced its long-rumored mixed-reality headset as soon as January 2023.

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