With Black History Month celebrations going on in several industries, it is important to realize the need and necessity to have black folks in the AI arena as well!
85 PERCENT OF AI PROFESSIONALS BELIEVE THE INDUSTRY HAS BECOME MORE DIVERSE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS; OF THOSE, 91 PERCENT THINK THAT SHIFT IS HAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT. 74 PERCENT OF AI PROFESSIONALS BELIEVING DIVERSITY HASN’T IMPROVED SAY THE INDUSTRY MUST BECOME MORE DIVERSE TO REACH ITS POTENTIAL.
-ACCORDING TO IBM
Why is it important for Black Individuals to be in AI/ML?
Why do we need black individuals to be in AI/ML jobs and roles? What is actually happening out there? To answer all these questions we need to take a look at the consequences of the omission of black people in AI and AI processes.
TYPICAL AI PROCESSES CONSIST OF DATA GATHERING, DATA CLEANSING, MODEL IMPLEMENTATION, MODEL EVALUATION AND DEPLOYMENT. AND IF BLACK AI/ML PRACTITIONERS ARE NOT INVOLVED IN ANY OF THESE PROCESSES, THEN IN SOME CASES IT CAN LEAD TO INHERENT BIAS WITHIN THESE AI SYSTEMS.
Here are a few examples of consequences that have occurred due to bias within AI systems and
negligence within AI processes.