WISE Conference 2019 Rewind – Robots & Responsibility

Aimee van Wynsberghe, WISE Conference 2019

Take 30 minutes to find out how gendered AI and robotics are affecting society, need to change to benefit everyone and what role you could play in helping achieve this. Listen to Aimee van Wynsberghe and take a look at her slides on the subject:

Today, The UK is a world leader in emerging tech; we are investing more than any other European country in such sectors as  healthtech and cleantech. This immense technological change is changing the way we work and live our lives. Society is becoming more data-driven, smarter and better connected, and we are seeing a growth in artificial intelligence and robotics. However, just a quarter of UK robotics, AI and other cutting-edge tech jobs are filled by women – the lowest proportion in two decades. What does it mean for society if most of the people designing, developing and implementing this tech are male? Aimee van Wynsberghe, an expert in ethics related to artificial intelligence, suggests that we will create a  vicious circle if we don’t get more women into emerging tech jobs when she spoke at our 2019 conference.

This lack of women in STEM creates  a gender data gap. The predominantly male workforce (understandably) does not  have sufficientdata on how women will use and be impacted by their work. This has repercussions for every facet of our lives – Caroline Criado-Perez’s recent Invisible Women shone a spotlight on previous examples of male-designed tech failing to take into account women’s needs (here she is talking about how cars designed exclusively by men are killing women).

Gendered AI and robotics mean women lose out.

Research by the  World Economic Forum recently revealed that women will, as it stands, be disproportionately hit by job losses as a result of the tech revolution; one new job will be created for every three lost by men to technological change, whereas for women the proportion is one for every five lost. If we can get more women into these jobs, we can create a more virtuous circle and women, and society as a whole, will benefit from the immense opportunities being created by cutting-edge tech.

Now is a good time to think about how we can ensure everyone in our society, male and female, can enjoy the same opportunities and benefits from new technology while ensuring nobody is unduly likely to suffer.

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