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Women in Tech: The Future of AI

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March 8, 2019

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Since Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program nearly 200 years ago, women have contributed to the advancement of computing and helped pave the way for today’s artificial intelligence (AI). Today, women are pushing the frontiers of AI in applications from robotics to recruiting, from startups to venture capital. Equally far-reaching are women’s contributions to investigate AI’s social, ethical, and legal implications. For all the promise of new technology, AI can exacerbate negative effects when it reinforces biases and inequalities.

Estimates show that women comprise only 13.5 percent of those working in machine learning, one of the fastest-growing technology fields. This well-recognized gender gap continues to deter talent and diminish the potential for the field, which will affect innumerable aspects of our economy and everyday lives. The Women in Tech Initiative imagines a different future.

At this year’s symposium, we will highlight the experiences of women in AI and explore our collective future with representatives from established companies, startups, academia, and the public sector.

The event will also feature the Women in Tech Initiative Athena Awards recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology.

The symposium is open to everyone, encouraging a broader audience to join the conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences, establish new connections, and collectively champion the advancement of women in technology.

Presented by the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

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For event questions or more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Jill Finlayson, Director, Women in Technology Initiative, witi@berkeley.edu