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Ghanaian-American Digital Activist, Joy Buolamwini Listed as one of Forbes' 8 Leading Women in AI

Joy Buolamwini (Photo: Tony Luong—The NY Times/Redux)

Forbes' Rob Toews launched a list of 8 Leading Women in Artificial Intelligence, spotlighting 'the female entrepreneurs, academic researchers, industry executives, venture capitalists and more who are shaping the future of artificial intelligence'. This unique list advocating for women featured Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist, Joy Adowaa Buolamwini.

According to the special article, "Joy Buolamwini has aptly been described as 'the conscience of the A.I. revolution'. Her pioneering work on algorithmic bias as a graduate student at MIT opened the world’s eyes to the racial and gender prejudices embedded in facial recognition systems. Amazon, Microsoft and IBM each suspended their facial recognition offerings this year as a result of Buolamwini’s research, acknowledging that the technology was not yet fit for public use. Buolamwini’s work is powerfully profiled in the new documentary Coded Bias."

Buolamwini stands at the forefront of a burgeoning movement to identify and address the social consequences of artificial intelligence technology, a movement she advances through her nonprofit Algorithmic Justice League. Buolamwini on the battle against algorithmic bias: “When I started talking about this, in 2016, it was such a foreign concept. Today, I can’t go online without seeing some news article or story about a biased AI system. People are just now waking up to the fact that there is a problem. Awareness is good—and then that awareness needs to lead to action. That is the phase that we’re in.”

Other leading women in AI featured in this article include: Claire Delaunay, VP Engineering, NVIDIA; Rana el Kaliouby, CEO & Co-Founder, Affectiva; Daphne Koller, CEO & Founder, insitro and other leading women of influence in the AI space. Read the full list HERE.

Source: Forbes


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