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Encourage Women in Tech to Protect against AI Bias

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Two women review computer code.

Encouraging women in artificial intelligence (AI) has never been more urgent.

We have seen a lot of work to encourage girls and women to become interested in STEM and address gaps in digital skills at an earlier age than in the past. Yet now, there appears to be less effort to support women as they transition from higher education into a sustainable career in tech. This is a challenge for the industry.

But the real problem is that as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes ubiquitous in daily life, without a technology workforce that accurately reflects the structure of society, AI-based decisions are constrained by the limited societal and cultural biases of their designers.

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