Why Diversity Matters for the Future of Artificial Intelligence | Eva Prakash | TEDxMeritAcademy

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The world is in a period of revolutionary digital transformation that is driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning. But as AI’s uses become more widespread, an important question arises: who will be building these technologies? Currently, there is a diversity crisis in engineering – women and people of color make up only a small percentage of computer scientists, and their numbers appear to be even lower in the AI field. What are the implications if this massively important technology is fundamentally biased? And what can we do to bridge the gap? Eva Prakash is a rising senior and an advocate of diversity in artificial intelligence. She is the founder and CEO of Girl 2.0, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in California that is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by providing free computer science education to girls and other underrepresented minorities in STEM. The organization is focused on debunking the myth that coding is only for “white guys in hoodies” by rebranding what it means to be a computer scientist. Currently, Eva is a student researcher in computational biology at Stanford University, where she works on the interpretability of machine learning models for genomics. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


NamelessAnonymous says:

ted talks are so boring and pompous. i hate them all.

dj Curiosity says:

3% african Americans 1% Hispanics & others techs in artificial intelligence field…recipe for disaster..

this is says:

Very disappointing; expected quality content from TED

Francine Hutchinson says:

Amazing! We need more young women like her to join the conversation if we want AI to benefit everyone.

Sitara Ramsey says:

Inspiring talk with great examples to show how biased algorithms hurt people! Honestly, we need more people like her to join the conversation. Wonderful job convincing people why diversity matters in this case.

Alex Nguyen says:

This is a very important topic in today's world, encouraging to see young girls lead the change. We should all be worried about the future of AI

Joe Clemmonson says:

She does an amazing job explaining the problems associated with a homogeneous group building AI technologies. We need more girls and people of color in this field if we want AI to benefit everyone not just a few of us.

Jaspal's Voice says:

We need more eloquent and intelligent young people like this to turn the tide on diversity in the tech industry.

Nadia Randy says:

Kudos to girls who are trying to lead change in this area!

Nick Nate says:

Great to see young girls leads the change! We definitely need more women of color in tech!

Saroj Kapoor says:

Very thought provoking.. Back in the 50s only 6% of physicians were women, but active interest by medical institutions caused this to increase to 17% in the 90s and it is about 30% or thereabouts now. We need more girls like you to speak up, and we can do the same for AI!

Patricia Brown says:

Great points! The real life examples of biased algorithms truly opened my eyes! It really is high time we saw more women in AI.

Robby Smith says:

Great video to inspire girls! The diversity problem in AI is real.

Jignesh Rathi says:

Who took this junk person into TED. Time wasted by this person. TED lost their quality!

Pick It Up says:

who is this high schooler ted losing its quality big time can't even get a real speaker; didn't learn anything other than basic demographic info

fixed dog says:

TED is turning full SJW. Sad really.

ryan james says:

See the Google law suit why woman are not drawn to software development. If you had a pool of 100 developers, 90 of which are male and 10 female but only need 2 for a project you would pick the best 2, statistically both developers will be male, I can see the issue though… Also worth taking into consideration that the people developing this technology are likely to be somewhere on the asperges spectrum so think emotionally different to the rest of us

Tidepool Clipper says:

AI will ultimately betray us; seeing us an inefficient and eradicate us off the face of the planet.

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