Is AI Sexist? | Foreign Policy
. If you want to accurately predict a machine’s behavior, well, then you don’t want to use artificial intelligence, he says. True artificial intelligence acts and learns on its own. It is largely unpredictable. But at the same time, he says, how do you “know it’s not going awry?”
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This is also how nontransparent algorithms can become indirect tools of discrimination and directly affect women’s livelihoods. There are already algorithms that are more likely to show online advertisements for high-paying jobs to men. Google image searches for “working women” turn up lower rates of female executives and higher rates of women in telemarketing, contrasted with women who actually hold such jobs.
. Keay concluded that robot-naming followed gender stereotyping for function — the ones created to meet social needs were given female names three times more often than, say, autonomous vehicles. Male names like Achilles, BlackKnight, Overlord, and Thor PRO were, as she wrote, “far more likely to express mastery, whereas fewer than half of the female names do.” In one intelligent ground vehicle competition, Keay noted a robot named Candii that “rather noticeably sports the sort of reclining nude decals more usually found on large trucks.”
Sara picks up on five fundamental strategies that people use to create social bonds: self-disclosure, references to shared experiences, offering praise, following social norms (like chitchat about the weather), and violating social norms (asking personal questions, teasing, or quipping, as Sara does when she says, “I’m so good at this.”)
All other robots Cassell has created are ambiguous in gender and ethnicity. Many designers will use a male voice because they think “it sounds authoritative, or a woman’s voice because they think it’s trustworthy,” she says. “I find that too easy a path to take.”
But in the world of designing virtual people, Cassell’s approach to gender — to wipe it out of her robots completely — is rare. Few others in her field have written so extensively or thought so deeply about gender in technology. The majority of artificially intelligent creations out there today are not being built with this degree of social awareness in mind.
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Research in 2014 from Gartner, an information technology research and advisory corporation, showed that women occupy only 11.2 percent of technology leadership jobs in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; 11.5 percent in Asia; 13.4 percent in Latin America; and 18.1 percent in North America.
Part of the fears about women’s lack of leverage is rooted in how few enter the field at all. Women receive approximately 18 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 21 percent of doctoral degrees in computer and information sciences.
. A study by Accenture and Girls Who Code predicted that women will hold one in five tech jobs in the United States by 2025.
>> 2025! god. that's such a long game plan