Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data science are transforming technology rapidly . It is revolutionizing every single bit and place- from education to healthcare, from government to automation, agriculture to security and surveillance, none of sectors remained untouched. The global pandemic has had a varying impact on different tech sectors, but for Artificial Intelligence, the demand for more experts and professionals in the industry is expected to boom.
Researchers, technologists and educators are constantly working so as to contribute to society and bring-in the positive impact. It is therefore appalling that little we know about the faces behind this startling technology.
There are many brilliant minds at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence. But the field of A.I. is far too male dominating and the despondent truth is only 12% of A.I. researchers are women. Although women are serving as role model, as an educator, researcher, professor, entrepreneur in the very best and inspiring way.
Let’s get inspired by some of the top women in Artificial Intelligence
Jana Eggers is a CEO of Nara Logics (naralogics.com), a neuroscience-based artificial intelligence company focused on turning big data into smart actions. She’s also an Owner at SureCruise.com and Marketing at Blackbaud. A math and computer nerd who took the business path, Jana has had a career that’s taken her from a three-person business to fifty-thousand-plus-person enterprises. She opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dove into the internet in 1996 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Joy Buolamwini is a Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist based at the MIT Media Lab. She founder of Algorithmic Justice League, an organisation that looks to challenge bias in decision making software. She uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. She serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the vice president of European Commission to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to reduce the harms of A.I.. Her MIT thesis methodology uncovered large racial and gender bias in AI services from companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon. Her research has been covered in over 40 countries, and as a renowned international speaker she has championed the need for algorithmic justice at the World Economic Forum and the United Nations.
Shivon Zilis focuses on machine intelligence for good. She is the Project Director, Office of the CEO at Neuralink and Tesla, and an adviser to OpenAI. Previously she was a partner and founding member of Bloomberg Beta. Shivon is also a Founding Fellow of CDL AI and CDL Quantum Machine Learning. She hails from Markham, currently lives in Silicon Valley, and is a Leafs fan for life.
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Zilis on her attitude toward new technology development: “I’m astounded by how often the concept of ‘building moats’ comes up. If you think the technology you’re building is good for the world, why not laser focus on expanding your tech tree as quickly as possible versus slowing down and dividing resources to impede the progress of others?”
Daniela L. Rus is a roboticist, the Director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rus’ groundbreaking research has advanced the state of the art in networked collaborative robots (robots that can work together and communicate with one another), self-reconfigurable robots (robots that can autonomously change their structure to adapt to their environment), and soft robots (robots without rigid bodies).
Her thoughts on AI: “It is important for people to understand that AI is nothing more than a tool. Like any other tool, it is neither intrinsically good nor bad. It is solely what we choose to do with it. I believe that we can do extraordinarily positive things with AI — but it is not a given that that will happen.”
The contributions of all the women in A.I. is paramount and a necessity. We aspire to shorten the gender gap and want to inspire our youth, hence with that in mind our next blog post will be dedicated to an amazing Women Tech community which aspires to reduce the gender gap and aims to connect with more than 100,000 women and students in tech to guide and inspire them .
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