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Livestream: Artificial Intelligence and Disability/Dependency: Equity, Access, and Interdependence

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This event will highlight the challenges and opportunities in harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities and dependencies. AI can improve the lives of people with disabilities, such smart devices supporting people with physical disabilities or sight loss. On the other hand, AI outputs can also reflect discriminatory biases present in the underlying data used to develop the algorithms. While this “garbage in, garbage out” principle is well documented in respect to AI and gender or race, it is understudied in respect to disability or dependencies.

Interdisciplinary panels of legal scholars, ethicists, AI developers, medical and service providers, and advocates with disabilities/ dependencies will explore best practices and guidelines for stakeholders, guided by ethical principles, legal considerations, and the needs of people with disabilities/ dependencies. Participants will seek to articulate clear criteria for developers and medical providers looking to harness the potential of AI to serve individuals with disabilities/ dependencies, including those whose disabilities/ dependencies are the result of aging, injury, or disease, and the caregivers — including both professionals and unpaid friends and families — who support some of these individuals.

John Kahan, Chief Data Analytics Officer at Microsoft, will deliver the keynote address.

This livestream is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Register now here:


March 24
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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