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­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops


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Concern about the underrepresentation of women in science, particularly the physical and mathematical sciences, continues to increase, motivated by both equity considerations and the growing shortage of scientists and engineers.

The U.K.'s artificial intelligence sector is suffering from a "serious gender diversity crisis," as only 14% of researchers in the field are women.

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A report from innovation foundation Nesta found the ­­U.K.'s artificial intelligence (AI) sector is suffering from a "serious gender diversity crisis" as only 14% of researchers in the field are women.

As a result, the amount of research published by female AI professionals has dropped over the last decade, and gender diversity in AI is only slightly better than it was in the 1990s.

The report also found the ­­U.K. is lagging behind other countries in contributions made by female researchers to the development of AI.

Said Nesta’s Joysy John, "This is not simply an issue because of the lost talent of capable women; it is also a much wider problem. Future technology will not be able to meet the needs of a diverse population if it is being shaped by a small section of society with a singular worldview."

From The Telegraph (­­U.K.)
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