Voice tech is destined to upend old ways of doing things, but is unfortunately still reinforcing stereotypes and biases of people who create it. From female voices used as default in virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri, to voice tech that fails to recognize female voice (but works just fine for male voices).
As decisions made by algorithms come to control more aspects of our lives, we need to be thoughtful and strategic in making sure those decisions are not biased against the 50% of population that is underrepresented in the ranks of people who actually design AI algorithms. AI development must become more inclusive and representative of our world. The race to diversity in AI is on. Women in innovation have a unique opportunity to use their mandate as positive force for change.
In partnership with RAIN, a company that’s pioneering Voice and Conversational AI development, WIN is amplifying a much needed conversation around designing thoughtful AI-enabled products that will soon power our homes, cars, workplaces, smartphones, and everything else in between.
This fast-paced session will come in a speed-dating format with a rotating spectrum of conversations in 5 group. Participants will hear from the front line of AI and voice tech, from the movers and shakers in the industry::
- Audrey Wu, Co-Founder and CEO at CONVRG
- Bea Arthur, Founder and CEO at The Difference
- Liz Danzico, Creative Director at NPR and Chair and Co-founder, MFA Interaction Design at SVA
- Naomi Makofsky, Global Product Partnerships for Google Assistant
- Nithya Thadani, CEO at RAIN
The audience is encouraged to pose questions, share experiences in working with AI and voice tech, and contribute a point-of-view to the discussion, in a free flowing organic format throughout the evening.
Join Women in Innovation and Smart Design for our event on the 25th June: is the future of innovation female friendly?
The exclusion of women during the innovation process can affect the product that eventually makes its way to the public. Tech companies may not intend to design smartphones that are not the right shape for women’s hands, health apps that ignore menstruation, and virtual assistants that are sexist, but those are products that a male-centric industry are bringing to market.
Join us for a fully interactive session to learn the fundamentals of inclusive design. Innovation teams sadly, still do not have the luxury of fully inclusive teams and this is not just about men and women. Therefore, we must address this in the creation process of products, services and experiences. We must also address our ways of working to appeal to a broad spectrum of people.
In this two-hour session you will:
- Hear about Smart Design and their processes
- Learn easy tips and take-aways to help you practice an inclusive design process in your work
- Spend some time “innovating the 9-5” and create ideas to take to your workplaces
We have limited availability so RSVP now to secure your ticket.
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Wednesday, June 20th at 7pm
The Fellow, 24 York Way, London N1 9AA, UK
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610 West 26th Street, FL 9, New York, NY 10001
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141-145 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BX
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