HYDERABAD: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Tuesday that as technology becomes all pervasive in our lives, privacy will become a fundamental right. He added that tech companies need to build products and services that are built for privacy, security, AI ethics and internet safety.
“…these four things are not things we can even wait, quite frankly, for regulation. We have to, from an engineering and design ethos, build it into our core. We can’t afford to say we’ll build it, we’ll see what breaks and then fix it because that attitude is not tolerated in any other industry and it should not be in the tech industry,” he said.
Nadella, who was speaking during a virtual fireside chat with Telangana IT & industries minister KT Rama Rao on day two of BioAsia 2021 summit, said privacy regulation, which began with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Europe, is spreading everywhere.
“Privacy as a human right is going to be recognised and there will be other regulations – the value exchange around data, its privacy or if it’s being used, who is benefitting, are all things where there are going to be rules that are going to be legislated. The same thing with facial recognition, AI ethics…,” he said.
Talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, he said it has accelerated digital transformation and the world will never go back to the way it was. He also pointed out that technology has kept the world going through the unprecedented crisis, by becoming the digital first responder to the first responders in healthcare, critical manufacturing or retail.
He said collaboration, learning and wellbeing “are fundamentally the things that are going to transform how we think about work while giving people a lot more flexibility” in the post-Covid world.
Nadella also said the intersection of computing and biology is speeding up the pace of innovation and fundamental drug discovery, an area where startups are playing a huge role.
“Very early on in the pandemic, we worked with a company called Adaptive Biotech, which was figuring out how does the immune system actually respond to the virus because the understanding of that was going to be critical for drug discovery and vaccines. The idea that you can now use, whether its clinical data for drug discovery and that speed with which that feedback loop works is all been completely transformed.”