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AI = Artificial Intelligence or Ain't Included




By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.~Eliezer Yudkowsky


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is growing expeditiously. It has the power to transform so many aspects of our lives. This includes education, healthcare, and even transportation. Yet, there is a minimal discussion on how unconscious bias, which can exclude Gen Z black girls/women, impacts the development of AI.


Unfortunately, bias in AI can occur as it is being developed and when it is implemented. This may include data collection, algorithm design, and testing and evaluation. If the data used to train an AI system is biased, the system replicates and reinforces biases. Also, algorithms used to analyze and interpret the data will generate results that reflect biases.


The consequences of unconscious bias in AI are tremendous for Gen Z black girls/women. For example, biased facial recognition and technology can misidentify them. In addition, biased language models can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and discriminatory language. This reinforces the systemic inequalities that black girls/women are already facing. Also, AI's lack of diversity and representation can perpetuate and amplify unconscious bias. This limits the perspectives and experiences that inform AI development.


Leaders must address the impact of unconscious bias on black women and girls. This can be accomplished in several ways. First, there must be more diversity. Second, there must be more inclusivity in the AI development process. Third, Gen Z black girls/women must be part of designing and testing AI technologies. Finally, once black girls/women enter the AI industry, there must be programs that allow them to advance. This will broaden the talent pool and perspective of AI professionals.


As you can see, the impact of unconscious bias on Gen Z black girls and women is multifaceted. Many areas need addressing. There must be a conscious effort from all stakeholders. So next time there's a discussion on AI not having biases…Slay What Ya Hear! Much work must be done to make AI technologies inclusive for black girls and women.

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