• March 22, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana have become a part of our daily lives, but what are the ramifications of creating these every day AI companions in a male dominated industry? Questions like these point to the importance of stepping back to examine the role gender plays in creating and interacting with AI.

Is it really about choosing a voice that users trust, or do programmers only assign gender to certain AI functions? How do programmers make these decisions? Are there situations where it is valuable to have a female/male identifier in AI? Can these gender identifiers lead to sexist AI, or reinforce the way we think about which kinds of jobs belong to each gender?

These questions are only the beginning of a conversation that could have wide ranging impacts on society and our views on gender. Could AI be the entry point for humans to accept a third, neutral gender? How do we conceive of a genderless intelligence that we trust and can have an intimate relationship with?

In a time where sexism and gender identity is at the forefront of our global conversations, explorations of how we interact with AI and how that AI is gendered take on increased significance. How should developers respond when virtual assistants get comments that would be considered sexual harassment if directed at a human? What does it mean when children learn to shout commands at Siri, who has the voice of an adult woman? Habits are formed when we interact with technology and begin to influence how humans interact with each other.

Join TechCrunch diversity reporter, Megan Rose Dickey with Accel.AI founder and CEO, Laura Montoya as they explore the role of gender in AI-from how it impacts our society to how we can create more inclusive and respectful AI.

Megan Rose Dickey
Megan Rose Dickey is a reporter at TechCrunch focused on diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT, and the music industry. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

Laura Montoya is the Founder and Executive Director of Accel.AI, a global Non-Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She jumpstarted her career in software engineering at Intuit, where she revamped their Quickbooks online platform after completing an intensive bootcamp training program.

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