AI Ethics: Large-Scale Industry Collaboration
I am currently working on a cutting edge AI Ethics project, a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and a technology multinational. The study is based on interviews with over sixty employees and is the largest of its kind to date. The project provides both its industry partner and the AI sector with practical tools for creating more equitable AI informed by intersectional feminist knowledge. It aims to reboot ethics work in AI by providing new data for policy interventions that can bridge the divide between the people who make and use AI at industry-level and government and policy stakeholders.
The projects that I am and have been involved with bring ideas from academia - mainly the intersections of feminist, critical race theory and technology - to industry partners and wider audiences.
The Good Robot Podcast
I am the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Good Robot podcast, which asks, what is good technology? Is ‘good’ technology even possible? And what is feminism contributing? Kerry and I bring together the people who make and study technology with the rest of us, who use these technologies and experience their effects. We offer the public a variety of conversations with both the people at the cutting edge of technological innovation and the most persuasive critics of these new technologies.
Our expansive and inclusive definition of feminist work includes a wide range of projects that challenge unjust technological practices, from Buddhist approaches to AI through to youth activism against algorithmic oppression. Guests include the following bestselling writers and eminent philosophers: Buddhist monk The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Rosi Braidotti, Jack Halberstam, N. Katherine Hayles, Anne Anlin Cheng, as well as feminist app developer Priya Goswami, disability design expert Cynthia Bennett, and Googler Blaise Aguera y Arcas. We provide a candid window into the minds of these thinkers as they explore how feminist ideas are producing better, fairer, and more equitable technologies.
Each has a very different take on what feminism is and how it relates to technology. For some, feminism is about women, for others, it’s about standing up for marginalised groups. Some think the benefits of big technology should be embraced; others say ‘resist!’ In this modern incarnation of the culture wars it is more important than ever to bring these opinions into respectful conversation with one another.
The guests offer not only intergenerational opinions but perspectives from all corners of the globe - including Egypt, India, Nigeria, Germany, Indigenous Hawaiian, USA, Canada, Uganda, Puerto-Rico, Italy, Taiwan and Portugal.
Each interview comes with a reading list of fiction and non-fiction texts that have inspired our guests.
Recruitment AI is on the rise. Candidates are increasingly asked to submit online video interviews, which are assessed by AI. I am leading a team of computer science students at the University of Cambridge to create an interactive tool, available online (coming soon), that allows participants to see for themselves how AI is used.
I previous worked on the EU Horizon 2020 ETN-ITN-Marie Curie project GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe), where she was part of a team that developed the feminist App 'Quotidian'. This interactive and multi-sensorial app provides users with intersectional feminist quotes from around the world - crowdsourced from volunteers - and allows the participant the chance to add their own favourite quotes. Quotidian's aims, principles, and functionalities were developed through bottom-up participatory processes.