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AI & COVID-19

From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly. Will marginalized communities be prepared for AI related opportunities and challenges impacting their lives?

While no one can foresee exactly how this will play out, a mountain of evidence suggests that just like during past technological leaps, the fears —though realistic — can be managed through education and dialogue. The long-term impact of AI on marginalized communities is unknown. Engagement around AI is absent in the communities most directly affected by automation and other AI tools.

Mission

To foster a more Inclusive AI Ecosystem by engaging diverse AI leaders and educating marginalized communities of color. We’ll create solutions to minimize bias, educate leaders, and strengthen our communities through AI.

Based in the Bay Area, AIandYou.org is a 501c-3 non-profit organization that creates dialogue in the community to promote AI education, develop research, and offer online resources to help marginalized communities learn about artificial intelligence.

About AI and You

AIandYou.org is a U.S. based non-profit creating opportunities for marginalized communities to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI). AIandYou is the platform for the science community, educators, civil rights leaders and community members to learn about AI and create a network to identify bias solutions.

The AIandYou.org platform is created through:

  • Community and educator Outreach
  • Online Resources for the community and educators
  • Research specific to AI and underrepresented communities

AI topics to be highlighted include:

  • Tools (e.g. devices, job searching, shopping)
  • Disease
  • Unintended bias and solutions
  • Medicine (diabetes, cancer, women’s health and others)
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Automation and job preparation
  • Autonomous vehicles

Approach

Community Engagement

Educate marginalized communities about AI and create dialogue with industry leaders

  • Partner with civil society/civil rights organizations to educate audiences through panel conversations, networking events and discussion.
  • Activate educators by increasing awareness about AI and its career path opportunities.
  • Bring together policy, diverse community and AI leaders to explore AI for good and its challenges

Learning Resources

Provide an ecosystem for communities of color to learn about AI

  • Online resources, including webinars and interactive Q&As
  • Online guidelines for educators
  • AI career paths to inspire students
  • Recorded panel events
  • One-on-one interviews
  • Video series
  • Podcasts

Community Research

Offer insights into AI and diverse communities

  • Research on AI and marginalized communities
  • White papers focusing on AI’s impact on underrepresented communities
  • Topic areas: Education, Employment, Financial Services, Healthcare, Home Ownership, Policy

Outcomes

Critical Solutions

Solutions to bias in AI are created through the collaboration between AI leaders and marginalized communities

  • A network of new relationships creates a dialogue to understand how to change bias in AI.
  • Solutions based on critical insights and information are created through the network.
  • AI Affinity Group leaders from all industries and academia share insights with the science community.

Empowered Leadership

Civil Rights, Community Leaders and Educators become more aware about AI topics including:

  • Consumer AI
    • Devices & apps
    • Facial recognition
    • Job searching
    • Small business growth
    • Healthcare management
  • Health AI
    • Disease prevention
    • Disease management
  • Business AI
    • Employment
    • Financial services
  • AI and Policy

Global Platform

A global platform is created by integrating AI leaders with marginalized communities

  • In-person events create networking opportunities to explore AI
  • Online education, live interaction, video series and interviews
  • Research papers and information specific to underrepresented communities.

Resources

AIandYou.org provides an ecosystem for communities of color to learn about AI through providing resources including, but not limited to:

  • Online resources including webinars
  • Interactive Q&A
  • Online AI curriculum guides for educators
  • Recorded panel events
  • One-on-one interviews and more.

Research

EDUCATION

K-12 schools use AI and automation to customize lessons and pivot from in-person to online classes https://www.techrepublic.com/article/k-12-school-use-ai-and-automation-to-customize-lessons-and-pivot-from-in-person-to-online-classes/

HOW AI CAN SUPPORT LEARNERS UNDER COVID-19 AND BEYOND https://www.alelo.com/2020/06/how-ai-can-support-learners-under-covid-19-and-beyond/

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/08/artificial-intelligence-authentic-impact-how-educational-ai-making-grade-perfcon https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/09/how-k-12-classrooms-can-benefit-robotics-perfcon

EMPLOYMENT

What AI Means for the Next-Gen Workforce https://www.industryweek.com/talent/article/22028189/what-ai-means-for-the-nextgen-workforce

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/12/12/20993665/artificial-intelligence-ai-job-screen https://www.businessinsider.com/ai-hiring-tools-biased-as-humans-experts-warn-2019-10

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AI ‘only scratching the surface’ of potential in financial services https://www.ft.com/content/11aab1cc-907b-11ea-bc44-dbf6756c871a

AI Conversations: Transforming Financial Services (Opinion) https://www.cio.com/article/3564713/ai-conversations-transforming-financial-services.html

https://www.fintechfutures.com/2019/10/ai-understanding-bias-and-opportunities-in-financial-services/

HEALTHCARE/MEDICINE

How one health system harnessed AI, telehealth to combat coronavirus https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/how-one-health-system-harnessed-ai-telehealth-combat-coronavirus

Montreal student researchers help create virtual medical assistant for COVID-19 https://www.thesuburban.com/life/health/montreal-student-researchers-help-create-virtual-medical-assistant-for-covid-19/article_6f3a3e6e-ba3f-11ea-ab0d-a7e858d8fa13.html

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/478651-dangers-of-artificial-intelligence-in-medicine

HOME OWNERSHIP

Private equity firm ASG acquires AI-powered startup Homebot https://www.housingwire.com/articles/private-equity-firm-asg-acquires-ai-powered-startup-homebot/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/korihale/2020/12/30/ai-could-be-the-new-play-to-increase-minority-homeownership/#3e4ce1bd218c

POLICY

Here Is How The United States Should Regulate Artificial Intelligence https://www.forbes.com/sites/robtoews/2020/06/28/here-is-how-the-united-states-should-regulate-artificial-intelligence/#1760b7a07821

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/library/risk-regulatory/strategic-policy/top-policy-trends/ai.html

TOOLS:

Automation:

Automation Continues to Drive Use of Electronic Payments by Businesses https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/07/01/2056117/0/en/Automation-Continues-to-Drive-Use-of-Electronic-Payments-by-Businesses.html

Learn how to accelerate your business using automation and AI technology: Transform 2020 https://venturebeat.com/2020/07/01/learn-how-to-accelerate-your-business-using-automation-and-ai-technology-transform-2020/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/automation-race_n_5b20eb7ae4b0adfb826f9f48 https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/12/the-new-casualties-of-automation/548948/

Facial Recognition:

Facial recognition has a new foe: The world's biggest group of computing professionals https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/tech-worker-group-calls-facial-recognition-ban-citing-technical-ethical-n1232591

In the 'Blackest city in America,' a fight to end facial recognition https://www.cnet.com/news/in-the-blackest-city-in-america-a-fight-to-end-facial-recognition/

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/475350-government-study-finds-racial-gender-bias-in-facial-recognition-software

If you have a recommendation for additional content subject areas, please reach out to susan@aiandyou.org.

Leadership

Leadership

Susan Gonzales, Founder and CEO

Susan led the first global town hall discussing AI and Diversity at Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Montreal and was joined by the leaders of LatinX in AI, Black in AI, Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and Queer in AI. Click here to see Susan lead the first AI Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall in Montreal at the 2018 Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) AI Global Conference.

Susan serves as Diversity and Inclusion Advisor to The World Economic Forum Global AI Alliance for AI Governance. She also sits on the Congressional AI Roundtable hosted by Congressman Hurd and Congresswoman Kelly of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Susan is a mentor to LatinX student and serves on the Board of community-based organizations. She is an outdoor enthusiast and lives in the Bay Area of California. She currently serves as Advisor Board Member to:

  • Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg Foundation and LeanIn.org
  • Eva Longoria Foundation
  • The Latina Collective

Board Members

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Alicia Aguirre

Alicia Aguirre

Nicole DeLeon

Nicole DeLeon

Advisors

Advisors serving in individual capacities
Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

Director of Engineering for Applied Machine Learning, Facebook

Hal Daumé III

Hal Daumé III

Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland

Katherine Heller

Katherine Heller

Research Scientist, Google

Brandeis Marshall

Brandeis Marshall

Professor of Computer Science, Spelman College

Rick Sommer

Rick Sommer

Executive Director, Intercollegiate Studies, Stanford University

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A critical success factor to creating inclusive, trustworthy AI quickly is empowering underrepresented communities with information. Supporting AIandYou.org will:

  • move the community from AI fear and skepticism to engagement and trust.
  • contribute to the creation of more inclusive AI tools
  • be a leader supporting inclusive and trustworthy AI

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AIandYou.org is very grateful for your support. We offer different levels if you are interested. All funds to be used to support the mission of AIandYou.org.

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Volunteer

We welcome all community leaders interested in participating in the dialogue. Members of Black in AI, Women in Machine Learning, LatinX in AI or Queer in AI are welcome to participate in the conversation as a panelist or guest, please reach out. A donation will be made to your respective organization for your participation. Learn more about Volunteering

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