How are implicit biases holding us back?

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  • Girls and women who are talented in STEM subjects are often invisible, notes Allison Stanger, who shares an example from her own life. A female may be equally good at mathematics and verbal skills, yet they are only praised and encouraged on the merits of their humanities aptitude.
  • Encouraging women in STEM from an early age is increasingly important within fields like artificial intelligence, where we are seeing that if you pursue a purely scientific or engineering solution, the technology can go off the rails.
  • We need people from diverse backgrounds studying cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, precisely because we want to be able to ensure that the products we produce aren’t bringing about unintended harms.

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