Feminism and AI (Artificial Intelligence): A Wake Up Call

Feminism and AI (Artificial Intelligence): A Wake Up Call

Artificial intelligence is a general use technology that is will be as ubiquitous as the internet. Sounds great--but who will it leave behind?
Dr. Parinaz Sobhani

Meet Dr. Parinaz Sobhani (above), Director of Machine Learning at the University of Ottawa and LiisBeth’s latest feminist-woman-in-tech crush!

Iranian-born Dr. Sobhani was the keynote speaker at the launch of Inspiring Fifty, a new award established in Canada to celebrate inspirational female role models in tech and innovation. Sobhani’s talk, “Importance of Diversity in AI,” was both chilling and a call to action.

Sobhani believes that technology can overcome gender bias and risk of misused data, however, she also reinforces the fact it will take the will and vigilance of humans to ensure that it does.

To hear part of Dr. Sobhani’s speech, click on the approximately seven-minute audio file below.

LiisBeth also had the opportunity to conduct a follow-up interview with Dr. Sobhani. We will be publishing that interview at the end of May.


Publisher’s note: Do we need a feminist-leaning watchdog organization in Canada? Interested in being part of an initiative to start one? Email us and mention AI Watchdog in the subject line.

Additional Readings: 

https://www.liisbeth.com/2017/05/31/creative-power-sex-gender-based-innovation/

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PK Mutch

PK Mutch

News media entrepreneur, freelance journalist, Canadian Association of Journalists member, former book publishing executive, zine-maker and startup professional.  Marigold Capital advisory board. Recipent of Inspiring Top 50 Women in STEM in 2018. Profiled in Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries. Founder  and former President of award-winning Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Canada's 8th B-Corp, which under her leadership received the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation (2009). Petra currently works to advance inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation in public policy and startup ecosystems with a particular emphasis on gender equity.  Petra is the founding publisher of Liisbeth. Follow Petra on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.
PK Mutch

PK Mutch

News media entrepreneur, freelance journalist, Canadian Association of Journalists member, former book publishing executive, zine-maker and startup professional.  Marigold Capital advisory board. Recipent of Inspiring Top 50 Women in STEM in 2018. Profiled in Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries. Founder  and former President of award-winning Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Canada's 8th B-Corp, which under her leadership received the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation (2009). Petra currently works to advance inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation in public policy and startup ecosystems with a particular emphasis on gender equity.  Petra is the founding publisher of Liisbeth. Follow Petra on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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