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 Women in AI Ethics™ directory of talented women working hard to save humanity from the adverse implications and outcomes of AI.
Inspired by the “100 Brilliant 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. Women in AI Ethics™ also conducts research in the field of AI and offers advisory services on how to build ethical and inclusive AI.
In July 2020, we reaffirmed our commitment to diversity & ethics in AI by assuming an advocacy role as staying neutral in times of social and racial injustice is ethically and morally unacceptable. You can read more about our intersectional approach to diversity here.
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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WAIE Collective (incl. Regional Chapter Leaders)
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.
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 Board
WAIE Steering Committee
Many thanks to these diversity-focused organizations for inspiring our site design.