2018 Innovator Under 35: Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini, Algorithmic Justice League

When AI misclassified her face, she started a movement for accountability.

Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League

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. 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.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.