- December 2, 2018
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AI Perspective- In 2018, sex scandal after sex scandal seared the pages of our newspapers and digital screens. Hashtags, such as #timesup and #metoo, became rallying cries for harassed and disenfranchised women who found their voices with high-profile allegations. Likewise, as a result of marches in numerous countries, and record numbers of women running for office, 2018 has been dubbed The Year of the Woman. It also has been called The Year of AI. Ralph Haupter, president of Microsoft Asia, said in January, “We are on the cusp of a new revolution, one that will ultimately transform every organization, every industry and every public service across the world.”
Now, what if we married these two ideas? What if our technological advances promised to improve the lives of women on this planet? AI technologist and Obama Foundation Summit Civic Leader Kriti Sharmabelieves in such a possibility. My coauthor Michael Ashley and I recently interviewed Sharma, who is on the Forbes 30 under 30: Technology list and is a U.N. Young Leader, for our upcoming book, Uber Yourself Before You Get Kodaked: A Modern Primer on A.I. for the Modern Business.
“It was through the Obama Foundation Summit that I met some amazing leaders, activists and changemakers from around the world,” said Sharma. “This is where I realized the opportunity that exists in using AI for social impact and our biggest humanitarian challenges. Technology can bring real change to people going through domestic violence and abuse, in particular, and adolescents who don’t have access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and education.”
Such innovation couldn’t come at a better time. Despite rising prosperitythroughout the globe, a recent U.N. report found that 35 percent of women have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence from a partner at some point in their lifetime. This problem can be further compounded due to the prevalence of victim-blaming across cultures. “Many women feel embarrassed and ashamed to ask for help,” explains Sharma. “And even when they do, they most often get asked things, like, ‘What did you do wrong to provoke this behavior?’ Or ‘What were you wearing that day?’”
Cognizant of how this devastating mindset can perpetuate cycles of further abuse, Sharma and her colleagues created a new AI platform on which victims could talk to a machine instead of a human. They chose Johannesburg, South Africa, as their test site due to the high rate of femicide and violence against women. “I had an assumption when we did this that the participants might feel offended,” said Sharma. “After all, these women are going through a difficult situation, and yet, we’re asking them to speak to a machine about it. But my assumption was completely wrong. They loved talking to an unbiased, nonjudgmental computer. They really opened up and started asking for help.”
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Article Credit: Forbes
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