Reviewing The Top AI Ethics Issues That Could Affect The Future Of Women In Tech And How To Combat Them
The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is expected, in many capacities, to be truly transformative. But as with any great power comes great responsibility. Therefore, it’s important that we shift our focus from the functional capabilities to the ethics and governance behind creating such powerful and potentially consequential innovations. And like with many other components of the technology industry, many of the barriers created by AI disproportionately impact women.
The Issues At Hand
It’s been discussed that the adoption of AI is likely to bring forward a number of potential ethical issues, and with them will come challenges and opportunities around regulatory guidance. However, very few documents and conversations mention gender bias and anti-discrimination guidelines when discussing AI ethics, specifically in regard to economic inequities.
The Hill published an article late last year that notes, “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women have been disproportionately financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, accounting for 54.5% of overall net job loss since February.” This has left roughly 2.2 million women unemployed. The move toward an AI transformation is creating additional concerns about labor displacement for women, which, coupled with the pandemic-related job loss, could leave millions of women unemployed.