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Ask Alexa Why We Need More Women in AI...

Dec. 4 2017

Spoiler alert- her response is "Sorry, I don't know this one".

She's not alone. The companies creating AI Bots like Alexa, Cortana, Google Home and Siri are known to have less than 20% of their technology jobs filled by women- so it's not a surprise that when a Bot is told "you're pretty", it replies: "How can you tell? Where have I heard this before?".

AI that flirts back? Definitely not something created by women. It's been proven that when women are invited to sit at the table, teams are more productive, collaborative, and creative in comparison to all male teams. In terms of AI, this means less gender bias and more diversity-of-thought-leading to better problem solving. Less mistakes like the Apple Health App, and thus more time on code that really matters.

Kate Brodock pleads for more women to join teams that create these bots in "Why we desperately need women to design AI", and explains why it's so crucial to get women at the table from the beginning.

"You could make the argument that AI is positioned to make one of the largest, most profound changes to humanity that many have ever seen. It touches or will touch most of what we care about and will be built with the ethics, morals, biases and access of the people who create it. This means we need to pay close attention that it represents all users."

You deserve a seat at that table. Find a position with a company with an open seat that's waiting for you here. We can't wait to see all of the amazing things that you accomplish.


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Virtual Tech Talk with Women Engineering Leaders at DigitalOcean

Want to join this webinar and learn more? Email us at hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invite.

PowerToFly is thrilled to partner with DigitalOcean (a dynamic, fast-growing startup that serves a robust and passionate community of developers, teams, and businesses around the world) to present a virtual tech talk and audience Q&A with several of their women tech leaders.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 7th at 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST.

After the tech talk, PowerToFly Cofounder and President Katharine Zaleski will lead a brief panel discussion with several of DigitalOcean's women engineering leaders, discussing their career journeys, current projects, and what it's like working for a mostly remote company.


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Although you don't need to be looking for new job opportunities to attend the webinar, DigitalOcean does have a number of open remote roles. In fact, about 70% of DigitalOcean's engineering team works remotely! Their competitive benefits include monthly gym reimbursements, monthly commute allowances, and a 401k with up to a 4% employer match. To learn more about DigitalOcean's open roles, visit their page on PowerToFly.

About our webinars: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age.

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