High School Girls and Artificial Intelligence Research

May 25, 2018

Stephanie Tena, a Stanford AI4ALL '17 alum, was recently interviewed in The Atlantic.

"The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls" examines the critical need for greater gender diversity in computer science. Stanford AI4ALL and other initiatives to bring women and people of color into the technology pipeline earlier are profiled, showing a glimpse of the bright future of artificial intelligence.

While women make up only a quarter of computer scientists, their numbers appear to be even smaller in the AI field in particular. While there are no government statistics on the percentage of women in AI, women at the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), the AI field’s top conference, made up only 17 percent of attendees last year.

Bringing people like Stephanie Tena into artificial intelligence is not simply important for the tech industry; in a world increasingly driven by algorithms, it’s important for all of us.

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