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. The Princeton Computer Science Department, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, and the AI4ALL foundation run an annual summer camp to teach AI to high school students from underrepresented groups. The camp will run from July 12th to August 1st, 2020. The program targets current 10th graders (rising 11th graders) from racial/ethnic groups dramatically underrepresented in AI: Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and Native American. Applications from young women are particularly encouraged.
Quotes from past participants:
My favorite part of the camp was working on the group projects during the evening. It was really thrilling to be able to get hands on with AI Models and use them to real data and try and solve real world problems.
I really liked seeing a model I made work. Having AI be demystified was amazing and it felt like I was understanding magic.
I loved the community I got to interact with and the freedom we got to explore campus life with others. The social and educational bonds between the entire staff and student body was incredibly enforced in a kind manner to help the bonding process. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would definitely go through it again multiple times again in my life. The topics were inclusive and interactive and we were able to implement what we learned on a daily basis.