AI will change the world. Who will change AI?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the world. AI has amazingly broad applications, and we need people with a comparably broad set of experiences and worldviews working on AI problems. However, there is a distinct lack of diversity of people in the AI community, leading to a lack of diversity of thought. This results in technology biased for certain demographics, needs and values, accruing the benefits of AI to the few instead of the all.
The solution to the problem has to start with education. This coming summer, the Princeton Computer Science Department, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, and the AI4ALL foundation are starting a summer camp to teach AI to high school students from underrepresented groups. The camp will run from July 22nd to August 11th, 2018. The program targets current 10th graders (rising 11th graders) from racial/ethnic groups dramatically underrepresented in AI: Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and Native American. Girls are particularly encouraged to apply.