Talk by Mr. Jack Dorsey (CEO and Co-founder Twitter)

Jack Dorsey, CEO, and co-founder of social media platform Twitter stressed on the importance of imbibing self-awareness for mapping a successful trajectory in life. Addressing a town hall meeting at IIT Delhi during his first visit to India, he said:“ It all goes back to self- awareness. Pick up a few skills and master them. For me it was programming. I learnt what was necessary to take the next step. It felt amazing. Finding a purpose and mastering some skills, we need them both.” On the role of formal education system for inculcating the entrepreneurial mindset, he said:“ I dropped out of college but that was because I wanted to build my own ideas. Everyone learns in a completely different way. It is all about building self-awareness. We need to optimize this. We need to find the problems and work on something that fixest the problems. ”Emphasizing on the need to pay attention to social norms he said efforts should be made to make them better. “Whatever we can do with the help of technology, we should do. Global cooperation is needed, especially for subjects like climate change and artificial intelligence.” Acknowledging the pivotal role artificial intelligence would play in the coming times, he said: “The algorithms will be in a position where they will understand us. You can feel it happening. We are going to shift our decisions to algorithms and devices” He also said on the Fake news. “The critical problem that arises from fake news and misinformation is that it can lead people to take action. Our job is to identify misinformation. The misinformation can be in the form of jokes. We need to know the intent behind the information. This is a multi-variable problem, something like security.No one can build a lock that no one can break.”