Keynote: Ayanna Howard

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Wednesday, July 14

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Early Q/A, Start: 02:30AM 12:30AM 06:30PM 12:30PM 09:30AM
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Ayanna Howard
Ohio State University,
College of Engineering, Dean

How Could a Robot be Sexist? Evaluating Bias in Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence is rare. Artificial stupidity is more common. In the movies, robots can be terrifying. In reality, thinking machines are disrupting the world in ways that are even more disturbing than in Hollywood fantasies – but they also have the potential to change our lives for the better. In this talk, we will explore how biases are infecting the next generation of robotic systems, with profoundly negative effects for humans of all genders and races. We will also explore tools and techniques we can focus on as researchers to enhance the positive impacts while mitigating any negative outcomes.


Ayanna is an accomplished roboticist, entrepreneur. Her accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in TIME Magazine, Black Enterprise, and USA Today, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes.