2023 Visiting Scholar
The Evolving World of Artificial Intelligence
An Evening with Professor Meredith Broussard with WHYY Host and Creative Director Maiken Scott
On Tuesday, April 25, Agnes Irwin hosted a topical learning opportunity for our parent community. With recent headlines about artificial intelligence (AI) and considering the rapidly-changing landscape of AI and its impact on our daily lives. Agnes Irwin’s visiting scholar Professor Meredith Broussard presented "The Evolving World of Artificial Intelligence.” Moderated by WHYY Host and Creative Director Maiken Scott, Professor Broussard brought a special focus to the AIS community about the problematic biases against girls, women, and people of color that are being built into many of the AI systems.
The Agnes Irwin Community welcomed its first visiting scholar, Meredith Broussard. Professor Broussard is an author whose books center around advancements in technology and artificial intelligence. She is also a data journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Broussard shared: “This work puts The Agnes Irwin School and its community at the forefront of these important academic conversations that truly will impact life as we know it for the span of our lives — and far beyond.”
Over the course of several visits this school year, Prof. Broussard and students from PreK to twelfth grade explored some of the most exciting and cutting edge topics related to artificial intelligence, also called “AI” or machine learning. Topics included: “What is AI?” “What is an algorithm?” “Where do these things show up in our lives?” and “What do they do to advance the world?” They also dove into the topics of Broussard’s research by looking through the lens of limitation – “What parts of AI are imperfect?” “Is AI currently programmed to hinder women, girls, minorities, or other groups of people? And if so, what can be done?”
Prof. Broussard's appointment and spring events were made possible by the generous support of Goldman Sachs, The Clower Family Speakers Fund, and the AIS Center for the Advancement of Girls.