Jessie J. Smith (Jess) is currently interning for the FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI) team at Microsoft Research this summer. Jess is also a PhD student at The University of Colorado Boulder researching machine learning and AI ethics with an emphasis on algorithmic fairness and transparency. She is currently working on creating transparent algorithms and explanations to make recommender systems and other AI platforms more "fair" for multiple stakeholders, especially when values come into conflict with one another.
Jess is also co-host of The Radical AI Podcast (ranked in Top 30 Technology Podcasts on iTunes) discussing the most pressing issues of AI and society with world-renowned experts such as Ruha Benjamin and Timnit Gebru.
Jess was recently a graduate instructor for introductory Computer Science (in Python) at CU Boulder and is helping restructure the curriculum to include more case studies and ethical speculation for the unintended consequences of technology. Check out Jess' open source repo for intro coding courses that includes 5 modules for teaching ethics and social science through the lens of coding!
Interviewing experts on the most pressing topics in AI Ethics while building a movement to address the societal issues embedded in AI systems.
Taking ethical dilemmas introduced in SciFi stories and applying them to contemporary issues with technology through the power of storytelling and case-studies.