As we progress in this era of AI innovation and begin some forms of dependence on AI, there is a multitude of voices flagging concerns with the way we have and continue to develop technology.
“For technology to benefit everyone we need diversity among its creators” - Dora Palfi, Founder imagiLabs
We all know too well the imbalance in tech with regards to diversity and intersectionality. With the research and technology fields typically being male-dominated, there has been a plethora of implications that affect the female population over the years from little details like phone sizes made for men’s hands to car crashes (where women are 47% more likely to be seriously injured).
In order for us to advance as a fair society, we must ensure that our technology is not doomed to divide.
Let’s quickly look at the statistics on AI research and professionals…
According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report in 2018, only 22% of AI professionals globally identify as female (meaning the other 78% are male). And although the numbers of women in AI are growing, they are still low to this day.
And what about diversity from the tech giants Google and Facebook/Meta? Journalists at Venture Beat report that “Google and Facebook do not supply AI research diversity numbers”. And we all know what that means…
Luckily, we have a variety of powerful voices pushing forward and calling out against AI bias in tech.
An Algorithmic Bias Researcher at MIT Media Lab and the Founder at The Algorithmic Justice League
Learn more: Watch her Ted Talk with over 1 million views on how she is fighting bias in algorithms.
A writer, broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner.
Learn more by reading her book: Invisible Women.
A senior research scientist in human-machine interaction with the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) Division at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
Learn more by following Carol and her work on Twitter.
An associate professor at UCLA, and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
Learn more about Sifiya in her interview with Vogue here.
Founder & CEO of The Good AI and Co-Founder of Women in AI
Learn more by watching her Ted Talk on AI for Good.
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