July 24, 2021



Who? Ethiopian Tumnit Gebru!

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Who? Ethiopian Tumnit Gebru!

Who? Ethiopian Tumnit Gebru!

The help of a computer scientist who got into an argument with Google

She is from Addis Ababa. Timnit Gebru (Dr.).

She is one of the most influential black women in the world of artificial intelligence (AI).

Trust: She was a member of the AI team in Google. She is one of the foremost advocates of inclusive and equitable technology.

She was fired last week following a dispute with Google’s management, which has angered many industry professionals.

While in Addis Ababa. . .

She was a student at Nazareth School.
When she reached the tenth grade, she headed for Ireland.
She graduated from high school and university in the United States.
She is the youngest child in the family.

During her time with the BBC two years ago: “When I was a child, I loved school. When I was sick, I didn’t want to miss school,” she recalls.

She had a special love for mathematics and physics.

She says that her father, an electrical engineer, made her turn to science. Her two older sisters are also engaged in the same profession.

                             Trust in America.

After graduating from high school, she entered Stanford University.
She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering.

She worked for Apple, then Google, one of the world’s best.

Timnit has worked for the technology giant Microsoft, a team focused on fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics.

It is one of the founding members of the Black In AI, which aims to increase the participation of black women in the field of artificial intelligence.

She is also known for her research into the inclusion of innovation as well as linking technology and human rights.

Black in AI; It is designed to enable black women to enter the field of artificial intelligence, support each other, and gain influence.

As you can see, The collection encourages black women and enables them to excel.

During her time with the BBC: “I was going to leave this profession, but after I came to your institution, they emailed us saying that I had started doing research. Some got jobs, some masters and PhDs. Some met in our workshop and started working together,” said Black INI.

Ethiopian Redet Abebe is one of the key contributors to the founding of Black IN AI.

With the help of a computer scientist; She works around algorithms and AI. 
She is the first black woman to receive a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.

The belief that blacks in the sector, especially black women, are limited; Much of her research focuses on gender and racial inclusion             .

Confidence studies

One of TNT’s most popular studies is the Face Recognition System, which features a face recognition app.
Studies show that the app is not designed to identify black people, especially black women.

As Timnit says: She started the study with a friend who works for MIT.
“My friend is a black woman. She could not ‘read’ her face when she used ‘Face Recognition’ for a project.
She thinks she doesn’t exist. But when you put a white ‘mask’ on her face, it reads, “she recalls.

Studies show that facial recognition does not work equally well with whites and blacks, and that black women in particular are less likely to read or write properly.

Experts say that this type of racism and sexism is the result of many technological advances.

Timnit is one of the books you admire about ‘Weppes of Matt Distract’.
Author Kathy Onil has been criticized for not including artificial intelligence.

Cathy points out that one way to avoid racial, gender, racial and class discrimination is to make the sector more inclusive.

Timnit, Kathy, and other experts agree that it is only when they engage in the industry that they can create a technology that incorporates a person who looks like them or benefits someone like them.

‘Data Activism’

It is related to litigation for trust technology.
Trust: She is one of the leading data activists on the Internet.

How inclusive are these technological innovations? They ask. When they find space, they even compete with giant technology companies.

“If technology is made that doesn’t work for most people, then something that is not human can be done,” she said. She urges African women to get involved in technology to do something for themselves.

For example, you are using genetically modified drugs that are used to treat various ailments.

She points out that it is usually not taken from Africans or blacks, but that the sample size is limited.

That’s why you say that technology goes hand in hand with human rights.

Trust: She is one of those experts who believes that as long as technology is inclusive, fair, and well-intentioned, the future is bright.

In her eyes, With the advent of drone research in Africa, it may be possible to deliver drone medicine without the need for it.

Larger hospitals may not be operational, and treatment may be provided with smaller equipment.

When self-driving cars proliferate, the blind may move on their own.

Trust: “But the question is, how do we use technology? Will there be more wars?”
Is there injustice?
What kind of political situation will we have?

“If very few people have a lot of money and a lot of people don’t have money, then artificial intelligence will make it worse,” she said.

The Ethiopian Project of Timnit

She had a project called ‘Addis Coder’, a youth coding training in Ethiopia.

She has previously participated in an ICT conference in Bahir Dar.

She also said that she has included artificial intelligence professionals from Ethiopia in Black INI.

“The sector is beginning to be recognized. But there must be a structured approach.
There must be a participatory plan. We must also give people a chance to get into technology,” she said.

in addition; She points out that there should be ways for private technology companies to enter Ethiopia.

“People need to start their own technology company or big international organizations come.

It would be good if there were more institutions for Ethiopians in Ethiopia. A government-funded research institute is needed.

University teachers need to be supported to do well-paid research, ”she said.

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