Given the pervasiveness of bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms and autonomous “killer robots” looming on the horizon, there is an urgent need for an open discussion on perils of unchecked AI. We also need to recognize the contributions of brilliant women in the critical area of AI Ethics. Towards this end, we have created an open directory of talented women working hard to save humanity from the adverse implications and outcomes of AI.
Inspired by the “100 Women in AI Ethics” list authored by Mia Dand, CEO of Lighthouse3, this site is designed to make it easier for organizations to recognize and recruit more talented women working on the ethics of AI.
The exponential growth of AI and potential for significant harm necessitates a comprehensive and inclusive approach. After an extensive evaluation of the AI ecosystem and implications of AI, we have developed a holistic framework for AI + Ethics with 6 key focus areas that consider all ethical implications of AI beyond just technology. It is intentionally designed to expand critical discussions on the ethics of AI to include diverse perspectives from non-technical disciplines.
COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS + SAFETY
Provide guardrails and guidance for development of commercial autonomous systems, artificial agents that are ethical and safe.
DIGITAL + PHYSICAL SAFETY
Establish safeguards against threats to digital and physical safety through deep-fakes, bots, autonomous weapons, and bio/neural AI.
FAIRNESS + ACCOUNTABILITY
Ensure AI/ML models are transparent, explainable, fair, and accountable so they do not reflect and amplify the biases of their creators.
PRIVACY AND DATA RIGHTS
Ensure that data for AI/ML is gathered (surveillance), shared (consent) ethically and secured against unethical uses (security).
ROLES + RIGHTS
Mitigate disruption of human lives, rights, roles, and relationships as AI replaces humans through automation & human-like systems.
SOCIETY + SUSTAINABILITY
Promote use of AI for social good, through access for marginalized groups, mitigation of environmental impact, and development of public interest policies.
These dimensions are mutually exclusive but rather this framework allows us to address each significant issue individually without losing sight of the interconnectedness of the different parts. For example: AI automation causes jobs displacement so while it’s important to look at ethics of intelligent systems, we must not lose sight of the displaced workers who will need skills and training to navigate this new world.
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It takes a village and the support of many to keep this initiative growing! Many thanks to these amazing women who have signed up to lead these different dimensions so we can continue to recognize more talented women in the space of AI Ethics.
More names to follow shortly!
Regional Chapter Leaders
To support our vision for true inclusion and diversity in 2020, we’ve made regional expansion a key priority and to fulfill that mission, we’ve identified and nominated regional chapter leaders to raise awareness and nominate amazing women working in AI Ethics in their region.
WAIE Advisory Council
The original 100 Women in AI Ethics original list was published in October 2018 and since then it has inspired many Conferences / Events / Initiatives around the Globe. This Advisory council will help continue this annual effort to recognize and empower the top 100 talented women making significant contributions to this important space.
What People are saying
I am very excited to be part of this great initiative, which allows me to contribute with my expertise on the ethics of AI in the context of society and sustainability to a very worthwhile cause, i.e. Women in AI Ethics!
The website is amazing! So impressed. I had a lot of fun exploring it. I especially liked the ability to filter by geographic region (and that there was a way to break down results within the U.S., as opposed to just a general "U.S." category) and by area of focus within AI ethics.
I am thrilled to be on this list among so many legendary colleagues. Many thanks to Mia and her team for this valiant effort!
Many thanks to these diversity-focused organizations for inspiring our site design.