EqualAI: Correcting and preventing gender bias in tomorrow’s tech universe

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 18:29

Artificial intelligence will soon become ubiquitous in our everyday life, from sorting our photos, to translating languages, and helping us choose our careers. There has been a significant amount of focus placed on leveraging AI to make our life easier. But there hasn’t been as much focus on ensuring this technology is free of human flaws, such as conscious and unconscious biases.

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, are all female by default. Why? Are we building our own unconscious gender biases into the AI technologies that will soon become a part of our everyday life? Is the way we and our children engage with these technologies perpetuating gender stereotypes? How do we address this issue?

NPR’s All Things Considered dove into this issue in the segment The Push for a Gender-Neutral Siri, which brings to light important questions society needs to confront as we are on the cusp of a major AI revolution.

In her segment, NPR’s Laura Sydell spoke with LivePerson CEO Rob LoCascio, who just launched the EqualAI initiative alongside leaders in tech and academia, including Arianna Huffington of Thrive Global, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, British digital minister Martha Lane Fox, and Dr. Justine Cassell of Carnegie Mellon University. The goal is to develop guidelines standards and tools to ensure equal representation in the creation of AI.

Listen to the segment here.

Interested in learning more about the EqualAI? Sign up to get involved on EqualAI.org.

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