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April 25, 2022

As the world around becomes more digitized, immersed and connected, the lines between what’s real and what’s not become more blurred—down to the models on the magazine covers and human-like avatars conducting corporate interviews. Sinead Bovell calls attention to Shudu Gram, a computer-generated and internationally-recognized South African woman model, who was created and monetized by a white male. She explains how new technologies may provide an opportunity to exploit people’s racial and gender identities, and what we can do to prevent it.

Sinead Bovell is a futurist and the founder WAYE, a tech education company that prepares youth for a future with advanced technologies. To date, Sinead has educated over 100,000 young entrepreneurs on the future of technology, and has spoken at world renowned institutions including the United Nations, Cornell University, and Bloomberg on the intersection of business, technology, and the future. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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