In this episode, our hosts Colleen Ammerman and David Homa speak with Laura N Montoya about the inherent correlation between underrepresentation and bias, the need to support communities building tech systems, plus advice for young people looking to get into the tech space. Laura is a scientist and engineer turned serial entrepreneur and startup adviser. She is also the founder and executive director of Accel.AI, a global nonprofit lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence. This video is part of the Summit: Pathways to a Just Digital Future listening tour, a partnership between Harvard Business School’s Digital Initiative and Gender Initiative. For more info, visit, follow along on social with #JustDigitalFuture, or send us a note at
As part of the AI & Cultural Heritage event, IAS Visiting Fellow Ahmad Elgammal delivers his talk ‘AI and Art, from the Micro Level to the Macro Level’ In this talk, Elgammal will present results of recent research activities at the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University. We investigate perceptual and cognitive tasks related to understanding human creativity in visual art. In particular, we study problems related to art styles, influence, and iconography. We develop computational models that aim at providing answers to questions about what characterizes the sequence and evolution of changes in style over time. He will talk about how AI can help analyze art in new ways, at the micro level and macro level. #LboroAI #AI #CulturalHeritage #Archives #Museums #Libraries For more information about the IAS, please visit –
The third edition of the roundtable on ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), organized on 26 March 2021, focused on the role of cultural diversity in shaping the future of AI. How can cultural diversity and the multiplicity of ethical frameworks shape the future of AI? How do the different values embraced in each culture, such as specific views and relationships with nature and with technology could contribute to the shaping of tomorrow’s AI? What are the challenges to be overcome when establishing a global ethical framework for AI? The roundtable was moderated by Peter-Paul Verbeek (The Netherlands), Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente, and Chairperson of UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). Invited speakers were: Sheila Jasanoff (United States), Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Jason Edward Lewis (Canada), University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary and Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. Co-director of the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group; Shoko Suzuki (Japan), Professor at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education. This event is part of a series of roundtables launched by UNESCO in 2018 to sensitize policy-makers, researchers and the general public on the ethical implications of AI.