Ana Matran-Fernandez, Artificial Intelligence Industry Fellow, University of Essex
I am an Artificial Intelligence Industry Fellow in the University of Essex. As part of my role, I work on transferring knowledge from the academic to the real world. I collaborate with companies to help them use state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to foster growth and, more importantly, create positive impact.
My role gives me the unique opportunity to see the transformative power of computing, and, specifically, machine learning and artificial intelligence, but also the dangers and pitfalls of these technologies, an example of which are gender-biased decision systems.
I love the fact that my job has a direct impact on the world and that it allows me to see how some algorithms can work (or not) on real world data. I work in a field in which there is a lot of misinformation and lack of trust about what algorithms can do, and I actively work to dispel myths of artificial intelligence and be realistic about new technologies. I think we are all responsible for the world we create, and we need to be careful and understand these systems when we deploy them.