Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Sept 14, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about biased AI bots, the women’s final at the US Open, the #SheCanSTEM campaign and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who just donated a US$ 3 Million prize to fund research students. Happy Friday!
One of the concerns with artificial intelligence is that the algorithms behind it might be biased (caused by the developers own biases or the data that is being used to train the system). According to a study from MIT and Cardiff University, it seems that AI bots are also capable of developing prejudice on their own, just by copying each other.
One of the most polarizing topics this week was the women’s final at the US Open and people were discussing if this was or wasn’t sexism/racism. This article gives some background about the rules in tennis and challenges that came with that match.
Girls in STEM
The Ad Council just released a new campaign called #SheCanSTEM, targeted at girls and encouraging them to start a career in STEM. Together with companies like Microsoft, GE, Verizon, Google and IBM and various non-profit organizations, they are offering career advice, workshops and coding classes and have just released a number of videos, providing girls with STEM role models.
Women in STEM
In 1974, a female British astrophysicist was overlooked as co-recipient for the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radio pulsars. Last week, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was awarded a US$3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – and decided to donate the money to fund research students, particularly women, refugees and ethnic minorities.