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Women are significantly at higher risk for displacement during downturns and it’s also during times of global strife when humanity is most at risk from unethical use of technologies like Artificial Intelligence. We believe that it’s our moral imperative to support women who have lost access to paid opportunities due to the pandemic and empower them during this critical time so we can continue to make progress towards a more ethical and equitable society.
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While women are significantly at higher risk for displacement during downturns, it’s also during times of global strife when humanity is most at risk from unethical use of technologies like Artificial Intelligence. We believe that it’s a moral imperative for all of us to support women who have lost access to opportunities due to the pandemic and empower them during this critical time so we can continue to make progress towards a more ethical and equitable society.
Towards this end, Women in AI Ethics™ initiative is launching 2 new programs – 1) mentoring and 2) paid externships, which will enable women to acquire new skills while also applying their expertise in a real-life professional setting. Please use this form to sign up to become a mentor, mentee, or apply for an externship.
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Young Women’s Careers
“While millions across the globe are suffering as jobs and — at the very least — salaries are cut, young women at the start of their careers are particularly vulnerable to the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, and even at risk of being set back in ways that will make it nearly impossible to catch up to their male colleagues in terms of both pay and advancement.”
The Wage Gap Has Made Things Worse For Women on the Front Lines of COVID-19
“The unfolding impacts of COVID-19 reveal just how many communities of women, and the families that depend on their earnings, are bearing the brunt of the longstanding gaps and underinvestment in our workplace laws, economic and social infrastructure, and policy choices that failed to center the needs of women, people of color, and families with low and moderate incomes.” ~ National Women’s Law Center.
Epistemic Trespassing | Mind
h/t Ian P. McCarthy @Toffeemen68
“Epistemic trespassers judge matters outside their field of expertise. Trespassing is ubiquitous in this age of interdisciplinary research and recognizing this will require us to be more intellectually modest.”
Dear Data Scientist: A Call for Humility as an Ethical Imperative
h/t Mo @moridesamoped
“In a global crisis, humility is an ethical imperative. Humility allows for listening, collaboration, and the ability to be part of a group effort without receiving individual acclaim and attention. We need many people working together to overcome this global crisis.”
AI & COVID – 19
Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology
h/t Alaric Aloor @AlaricAloor
“Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing.”
Does Covid-19 Hit Women and Men Differently? U.S. Isn’t Keeping Track
ht/ WITI@UC @WITIatUC
“Data from other countries shows that more men are dying from the virus than women — a discrepancy that should inform the response and vaccine research in the U.S. But it isn’t.”
‘Boring A.I.’ may be the real lifesaver in this pandemic
h/t Paresh Kathrani @PKathrani
“Much of it been focused on areas with a high degree of what, for lack of a better term, I’ll call sex appeal: A.I. that can spot and track emerging epidemics; A.I. that can help with contact tracing and social-distancing enforcement; A.I. that can possibly help diagnose COVID-19; and, perhaps most importantly, A.I. that might find possible treatments or vaccines.”
Ethics of Invisible AI
The Far-Right Helped Create The World’s Most Powerful Facial Recognition Technology
h/t Marietje Schaake @MarietjeSchaake
“Thiel himself has an obvious interest in mass surveillance: Palantir, his data-mining behemoth, aggregates enormous amounts of personal information about immigrants and undocumented workers, and it provides the analytical tools for ICE raids. In 2017, Thiel became one of Clearview’s earliest investors.
Building Responsible AI
Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?
h/t jazzmin @jazzmingota
“The bright adversarial pattern, which a human viewer can darn-near see from space, renders the wearer invisible to the software looking at him.”
You really don’t want to sell your data.
h/t Maria Luciana Axente (@maria_axente)
“As countries play catch-up to ensure the safety of their citizens—with 2.5 billion people now in lockdown—policymakers are holding up data on the spread and proliferation of the virus as a linchpin of the response.”
ProBeat: Microsoft Teams video calls and the ethics of invisible AI
h/t Mike D. Kail @mdkail
“Microsoft Teams is getting a bunch of new features this year. Robert Aichner, Microsoft Teams group program manager, recently told us how Microsoft is building the most interesting one: real-time noise suppression, which uses machine learning to filter out background noise during calls.”
Francesca Ferrando, “Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Antihumanism, Metahumanism, and New Materialisms: Differences and Relations
h/t Joanna J Bryson @j2bryson
“Generic and all-inclusive use of the term has created methodological and theoretical confusion between experts and non-experts alike.”
This girls-only app uses AI to screen a user’s gender — what could go wrong?
h/t All I don’t wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom @hypervisible
“the app then uses “bio-metric gender verification software” to determine whether that person is a woman. If that wasn’t already bad enough, the technology doesn’t work if you’re trans.”
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