Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem

Computing has a problem — there are too few women in the field. Only 26 percent of computer professionals were women in 2013, according to a recent review by the American Association of University Women. That figure dropped by nine percent since 1990. Explanations abound. Some say the industry is masculine by design. Others claim computer culture is unwelcoming — even hostile — to women. So, while STEM fields like biology, chemistry, and engineering see an increase in diversity, computing does not. Wait but why does it matter? Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy, but it’s poised to become the most disruptive technology since the Internet. AI will be everywhere — in your phone, in your fridge, in your Ford. Intelligent algorithms already track your online activity, find your…


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