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Inclusive Artificial Intelligence

Professional Workshops
Professor / Instructor
Michael Running Wolf and Bethany Edmunds
August 16th, 2-5pm PT

What is AI and why does it need Indigenous knowledge?

Explore the value of diverse perspectives in shaping Artificial Intelligence and help lead the change that AI brings to the future of work.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to reshape virtually every industry, the workforce and, ultimately, the entire economy. The rapid evolution of AI brings new buzzwords – machine learning, deep learning, neural networks – and many questions about how best to understand and implement these new technologies. Machine learning offers new opportunities and creates risks, particularly for Indigenous communities.This half-day workshop is designed to build your understanding of AI – its terms, tools and solutions – and the importance of Indigenous people being included in this new era of big data and machine learning. Michael Running Wolf, Northeastern faculty member and founder of Indigenous in AI, and Bethany Edmunds, Director of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s Vancouver Campus will help you understand what AI is and the potential it offers while examining the unique challenges and opportunities that come with including Indigenous knowledge and values. You'll also gain a better understanding of the importance of having members of diverse backgrounds shape AI strategies and solutions to ensure a more inclusive future for all of us.

Prior knowledge and experience in AI or Computer Science is not required to be successful in this workshop. This workshop is open to all learners but there will be a focus on Indigenous voices.

You are applying for a $500 scholarship towards a qualifying course at one of our post-secondary education partners: BCIT, Northeastern University, SFU or UBC. Applicants must be either Canadian Citizens, BC permanent residents or working towards obtaining one of these.

Please only apply for this scholarship once you have been enrolled or waitlisted in an applicable course. We will be confirming all student details with instructors.

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To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a woman (or identify as a woman), and currently live in BC, Canada. Do you meet both of these criteria?