Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the world. AI has amazingly broad applications, and we need people with a comparably broad set of experiences and worldviews working on AI problems. However, there is a distinct lack of diversity of people in the AI community, leading to a lack of diversity of thought. This results in technology biased for certain demographics, needs and values, accruing the benefits of AI to the few instead of the all.
The solution to the problem has to start with education. This coming summer, the Princeton Computer Science Department, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, and the AI4ALL foundation are starting a summer camp to teach AI to high school students from underrepresented groups. The Princeton AI4ALL camp will run for 3 weeks, from July 22nd - August 11, 2018. It will target rising 11th graders from racial/ethnic groups dramatically underrepresented in AI: Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and Native American.
At this meeting, we will discuss the history of this initiative, describe what has been planned so far, and map out a plan going forward. There are lots of ways for you to become involved -- in paid and unpaid positions, in spring and summer, in teaching and research, in roles that require AI expertise and in roles that are most administrative in nature. The camp relies on undergraduate & graduate students, postdocs, researchers, faculty and staff working together to create an educational, memorable and inspirational experience for the high schoolers. We want to teach them basic AI concepts, showcase the broad range of AI applications, walk them through some of the AI policy issues, and instill in them the confidence that they too can become the future AI leaders. We need YOU to make this happen.