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women in ai and technology

Emphasizing the Importance of Inclusivity and Ethical Responsibility in the Tech Industry

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we’re celebrating the invaluable contributions of non-binary individuals and women in AI and technology from around the globe. 

Women and non-binary individuals play important roles in shaping how diversity, ethics, and social responsibility impact the development and impact of AI and technology by highlighting their contributions.

From advocating for diversity and highlighting bias in algorithms, to promoting inclusiveness and ethical responsibility in the tech industry, here are 10 individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of AI and technology.

Reshma Saujani | CEO, Girls Who Code

Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. She has been a vocal advocate for girls’ and women’s involvement in STEM fields and has worked to provide educational opportunities and support for women in technology.

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble | Co-founder and co-director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is a researcher and author who has focused on the intersection of race, gender, and technology, examining biases and inequalities in algorithms and search engines.

Her work highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in technology development, driving crucial conversations on ethical considerations and societal impacts in AI and technology.

Dr. Ruha Benjamin | Relationship between innovation and equity, focused on the intersection of race, justice and technology

A Princeton professor in the Department of African American Studies, sociologist, and author who explores the social implications of technology, particularly in relation to race, gender, and inequality. 

Her work highlights the importance of addressing biases and promoting equity in the development and use of technology.

Dr. Anita Borg | Founder, Institute for Women in Technology

Dr. Anita Borg was a self-taught computer scientist who later founded the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, now known as (also known as the Institute for Women in Technology). 

She dedicated her career to promoting women’s participation and leadership in technology, advocating for diversity and equal opportunities in the tech industry.’s mission is to ‘pave the way forward for women and non-binary individuals in tech.’

Fei-Fei Li | Nickname: ‘Godmother of Artificial Intelligence’ | Established ImageNet

Fei-Fei Li is a renowned computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Her groundbreaking work in computer vision (including ImageNet) has led to significant advancements in image recognition and has established her as a prominent advocate for diversity and inclusion in AI.

Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence that focuses on enabling computers to interpret and understand visual information from the real world, much like human vision. It involves developing algorithms and techniques that allow computers to analyze, process, and extract meaningful insights from images or videos.

Applications of computer vision include object detection, image classification, facial recognition, medical image analysis, autonomous vehicles, and more.

Dame Wendy Hall | Developed Microcosm which pre-dates the Internet

Wendy Hall is a leading computer scientist who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the interactions between humans and large networks of computers, such as the internet. 

Hall’s contribution to Microcosm, one of the earliest hypertext systems, laid foundational groundwork for the development of the World Wide Web, fundamentally shaping the way information is accessed and navigated online.

Hall’s advocacy for diversity in STEM fields has also played a crucial role in fostering inclusive innovation and advancing the impact of technology on society.

Joy Buolamwini | Founder, Algorithmic Justice League

Joy Buolamwini is a computer scientist and digital activist known for her groundbreaking work on bias in facial recognition technology, revealing significant disparities in accuracy based on gender and skin color. 

As the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, she advocates for fair and accountable AI systems, driving crucial conversations on diversity and equity in technology.

Daphne Koller | Co-founder, Coursera

Daphne Koller is a prominent computer scientist known for co-founding Coursera, a leading online education platform, revolutionizing access to high-quality educational resources worldwide. 

Her research contributions in machine learning and computational biology, particularly in probabilistic graphical models, have significantly advanced both academia and industry applications in AI and technology.

Rana el Kaliouby | Co-founder, CEO, Affectiva 

Rana el Kaliouby is a pioneer in affective computing and emotion recognition technology, co-founding Affectiva, a company that has advanced emotional AI applications across various industries. 

Her groundbreaking work has contributed to advancements in healthcare, marketing, and customer experience, highlighting the transformative potential of emotional AI in shaping human-computer interactions.

Eva Tardos | Contributor to the advancement of algorithmic game theory

Eva Tardos is a computer scientist known for her pioneering contributions to algorithms, particularly in algorithmic game theory and network algorithms, which have practical applications in various fields, including economics and computer networks. 

Her research has significantly advanced our understanding of strategic interactions and optimization problems, influencing both theoretical developments and real-world applications in AI and technology.

Happy International Women’s Day 2024

In a gender equal world, women’s contributions to AI and technology are celebrated, fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive tech ecosystem free of bias and discrimination. 

Women’s accomplishments in AI and technology, such as Joy Buolamwini, inspire inclusion and contribute to innovation driven by diversity and inclusion.

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