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Friday, December 21, 2018

Less than a quarter of AI professionals are women | -TechTarget

Clare McDonald, Business editor at Computer Weekly observes, A report from the World Economic Forum has found there is a significant gender gap in artificial intelligence, and global gender parity will take 108 years to achieve.

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Only 22% of artificial intelligence (AI) professionals globally are women, according to research by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The study found a gender gap of 72% in AI, despite the growing need for AI skills as a result of technology adoption.

Not only does this gender gap exist in AI, but also across other industries, and the WEF estimated that it would take 108 years to close the global gender gap. Its estimated was even longer for areas such as the economic gender gap, which could take up to 202 years to close, and 107 years to resolve the gender gap in political empowerment.

Vinous Ali, head of policy at TechUK, said more should be done to make science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) seem like an interesting career for young women to pursue...

The WEF found machine learning and data structures to be the most popular AI-based skills among both men and women, but there are still more men than women with these particular skills. While 40% of female AI professionals claimed to have machine learning skills, 47% of male AI professionals said the same.

However, the report also found that women are more likely to have a wider range of AI skills than men, and are more likely to have roles such as data analysts, researchers or teaching positions, whereas men are more likely to be software engineers or hold management positions in engineering or IT – roles that are more likely to be higher paid.

Source: -TechTarget