At AIFWD, we’re focused on driving artificial intelligence forward. AI is already making a huge impact in the lives of billions of people every day, and its influence will only grow in the coming years. Despite its ubiquity, however, at the moment the power to determine the course of future AI innovations is held by a select few.
According to Stanford’s 2021 AI Index Report, 8 out of every 10 tenure-track faculty members in the world’s top computer science departments are male, with females accounting for less than 18% of new CS PhD graduates in North America. In the US, this lack of diversity extends to race and ethnicity as well, with African Americans and Hispanics making up less than 7% of new AI PhD grads.
We’re looking to change this: our mission is to work towards ensuring that as AI grows, it better reflects the people it serves and benefits from their unique perspectives. We see the place of greatest impact at the beginning: education. The more people from diverse backgrounds that have the skills and expertise needed to break into AI, the greater the chance this field will start representing everyone.
What We Offer
To begin making the AI field more accessible, we are committed to providing thoroughly researched, cited, and expert-approved information relevant to those learning more about artificial intelligence, getting started down an AI career path, or progressing in a career that’s already underway. This means publishing:
Useful, digestible background articles about important aspects of AI for those at all stages of their careers.
Vetted program recommendations for bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs, as well as bootcamps.
Proven tips for making degree applications and resumes stand out from the crowd.