Roundtable: Expanding the Reach of AI’s Benefits

Terah Lyons, Partnership on AI, Tess Posner, AI4ALL, and Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley

Terah Lyons, Tess Posner, and Ken Goldberg in discussion with Gideon Lichfield about how companies can root out bias in technology.

Terah Lyons, Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI

Terah Lyons is the founding executive director of the Partnership on AI, a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization founded by Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Facebook, Google, IMB, and Microsoft to advance the benefits and address the challenges of machine intelligence. She is a former policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and a Mozilla Foundation technology policy fellow. In her capacity at the White House, Terah led a policy portfolio in the Obama administration focused on machine intelligence, including AI, robotics, and intelligent transportation systems. She also advised the administration on issues related to diversity and inclusion in the technology industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously, Terah was a fellow with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she currently sits on the alumni association’s board of directors.

Tess Posner, Executive Director, AI4ALL

Tess Posner is a social entrepreneur focused on increasing equity and inclusion in the tech economy. As executive director of AI4ALL, she is creating opportunity for underrepresented groups in the artificial-intelligence field through education programs and peer, mentor, and professional supports. Before joining AI4ALL, she was managing director of TechHire at Opportunity@Work, a national initiative launched out of the White House to increase diversity in the tech economy, where she oversaw the network of 72 cities, states, and rural areas and 1,300+ companies creating more inclusive education and hiring pathways. Earlier in her career, Tess built and ran Samaschool, a nonprofit that equips low-income people to find work in the digital economy through an online platform training 50,000+ students worldwide and a dozen diverse locations from New York City to rural Arkansas to East Africa. Tess’s work has been featured by Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fast Company and funded by the Tipping Point Community, JPMorgan Chase, the California Endowment, and the Robin Hood Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School in Social Enterprise Administration and a bachelor’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College.

Ken Goldberg, Professor, UC Berkeley

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley professor. He is chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, with secondary appointments in EECS, art practice, the School of Information, and radiation oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is director of the CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative and the UC Berkeley Autolab, where he and his students pursue research in geometric algorithms and machine learning for robotics and automation in surgery, manufacturing, and other applications. Despite agonizingly slow progress, he persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and eight U.S. patents. He cofounded and served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken’s artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits, including the Whitney Biennial, and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected an IEEE Fellow in 2005, and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.


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