Using Artificial Intelligence to support the expertise and wisdom of community leaders and social justice activists.
Many people are excited about the possibilities that artificial intelligence (AI) can provide us in solving hard problems. Yet as we, the technologists building AI tools, start to explore this young field of AI and its potential for social impact, it’s important that we value and uplift the expertise and knowledge that many community leaders and social justice activists have on some of the hard social problems we care about addressing.
When we think about AI algorithms, we tend to think about “human-in-the-loop” algorithms – ones that incorporate human reflections and human inputs in the system. With “ai-in-the-loop”, we propose an adjustment to that framing – AI inputs and reflections into human systems driven forward by those most impacted by systemic oppression.
What We Do
We want to help build a strong foundation for applied AI, grounded in social impact. In order to do this, our goal is to help build relationships between technologists, community members, and community activists most directly impacted by systemic injustice. In order to build relationships, we offer trainings that bring together community/activists and engineers/designers/product managers.
Session 1: Getting Oriented
This session is broken down into two parallel trainings for technologists and community activists, respectively.
Introduction into movement building
In this session, we discuss the importance of building technological tools with communities rather than for them, and introduce technologists to social tools for building and maintaining trustful relationships with activists.
AI and its social impacts
In this session, we discuss the basic structure and methodology of artificial intelligence algorithms, before moving into an analysis of the social impact this field currently has and will continue to have in the global economy.
Session 2: Building Things Together
In the second session, we bring community activists and technologists together to do some active relationship building and project brainstorming. This session starts with activities for developing trust, before moving into active brainstorming of projects to work on together.
If you are in the tech world and would like to build relationships with community activists in your area, get in touch with us!
If you are a community activist looking to know more about artificial intelligence and its social implications, get in touch with us!