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Computer science professor Tina Eliassi-Rad says she’s proud to be named on an industry list of “100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics,” which identifies her as one of the top thinkers in the male-dominated field of artificial intelligence. But she’s even prouder of what the carefully-curated list represents.

“Part of the issue in a field such as computer science is that women and other under-represented minorities aren’t always seen. Initiatives like this one show that there are a lot of women who are qualified to do this work,” says Eliassi-Rad.

Mia Shah-Dand, the CEO of the Oakland, California-based research firm Lighthouse3, created the annual list in 2018. Shah-Dand says she wanted to provide a rebuttal to technology leaders who complained that they couldn’t find accomplished, diverse women to hire.

 

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