Reset The Machines

Dr Catriona Wallace explores the intersection between artificial intelligence and minority groups, including women. She recognizes the need for women to break into traditionally male-dominated spaces such as artificial intelligence, and the AI economic growth in the tech world.

She discusses how the inclusion of women and minorities can reduce biases in data sets, and recalibrate the scales of industry.

The theme of International Women's Day this year is break the bias - and we need to urgently break the bias in the field that I work in, which is artificial intelligence.

At the moment nine in 10 jobs in AI are held by males, one in 10 only by females. We also know that AI is the fastest-growing tech sector in the world. This means that a lot of things will be automated that affect the lives of all people, including women and minority groups. Of the 25 million jobs that will be automated in the next few years, 90% of those jobs that will be removed will be the jobs of women and minorities. Additionally, we also see bias in the data sets.

If we think about AI, AI is data, algorithms, analytics, decision-making, and automation. It all starts with the data, and we quite often build AI datasets that exclude women and minorities. So there is so much work to be done in this field to establish a future that has no bias. In the field of artificial intelligence, the current model that many of us rely on and use in our professional lives is broken. This needs to be addressed. Let's break the bias and reset the machine to gain a more accurate dataset.

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