2018 Speakers

Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence (AI). She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze-bias in AI. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered techniques that are now leading to increased transparency in the use of facial analysis technology globally.

Joy leads the IEEE working group to create the first international standards for facial analysis technology. Her TED Talk on algorithmic bias has been viewed over 1 million times. More than 230 articles in over 37 countries have been written about her Gender Shades thesis work, which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial AI services.

Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar. She holds master’s degrees from Oxford University and MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a doctorate degree at MIT aimed at participatory artificial intelligence.