The workshop will consider the social impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology (AICT). Specifically, the talks and discussions will focus on different aspects of the complex relationships between language, gender, and technology. These issues are of particular relevance in an age when Virtual Personal Assistants such as Siri, Cortana, and Alexa present themselves as submissive females, when most language-based technologies manifest glaring gender-biases, when 78% of the experts developing AI systems are male, when sexist hate speech online is a widely-recognised problem and when many Western cultures and societies are increasingly recognising the significance of non-binary gender identities.
Responding to these increasingly urgent concerns, this project brings together experts from linguistics, philosophy, speech technology, computer science, psychology, sociology and political theory to develop design objectives for the creation of AICT systems that are more ethical, trustworthy and transparent. These technologies will have the potential to affect more positively the kinds of social change that will shape modern digital democracies in the immediate future.
Queries: contact Una Yeung
|9.30 – 10.00||
|10.00 – 10.30||
Dr Marcus Tomalin (University of Cambridge)
Welcome and Introduction
|10.30 – 11.15||
Professor Alison Adam (Sheffield Hallam University)
'Gender, Knowledge and Language in AI'
|11.15 – 11.30||
|11.30 – 12.15||
Dr Heather Burnett (CNRS-Université Paris Diderot)
'Understanding Gender Bias in Pronoun Production using Formal Semantics, Computational Psycholinguistics and Feminism'
|12.15 – 13.00||
Dr Dirk Hovy (Bocconi University)
'Lucky Sampling and Syntactic Resilience – the Overlooked Impact of
|13.00 – 14.00||
|14.00 – 14.45||
Dr Ruth Page (University of Birmingham)
'A Multimodal Approach to '‘Ugly’' Images in Instagram: When, How and Why
|14.45 – 15.30||
Dr Stefanie Ullmann (University of Cambridge)
'A Corpus-based Analysis of the Linguistic Gender Gap'
|15.30 – 15.45||
|15.45 – 16.30||
Dr Dong Nguyen (Alan Turing Institute/University of Utrecht)
'Language and Gender: A Computational Sociolinguistics Perspective'
|16.30 – 17.00||
Round Table Discussion