Greater gender diversity vital for AI to serve needs of society

Only 22% of AI professionals globally are female, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2018, produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

“Higher education is super-important to providing many women with the skills to enter tech fields.” While there are no longer barriers to entering universities, it is crucial to make maths and science more popular among women, so that more enter the tech field, she says.

Once there, they find the tech environment more gender-friendly than most. “It is a good area for women. Maybe because it’s a sector where a lot of people are very well educated, and where there are fewer stereotypes.” What matters is a person’s skills set. “It is very black and white,” Dorogush explains, with few grey areas for prejudice to sneak in.

Still, the global picture is not encouraging.

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