[Idi-steering-committee] Invitation for the Race to the Edge for IDI partners

Mitchell, Jess jmitchell at ocadu.ca
Fri Sep 22 19:23:40 UTC 2017

Dear IDI Partners,

Please send this invitation along to your students!


[DEEP 2017 Designing Enabling Economies and Policies.]<http://deep.idrc.ocadu.ca/>

Race to the EDGE
49 McCaul Street | Oct.10th at 10am to 5pm

BIG IDeA and DEEP 2017 are looking for teams to help prepare the racecourse for our AI "Race to the Edge".
Our society is about to hand over many decisions to machines and we need to make sure they understand and can serve human diversity. Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems currently have difficulty recognizing and understanding outlying and edge scenarios or people.
This is bad for people because we are relying on AI systems more and more because soon systems won’t be able to deal with the unexpected, transfer knowledge to new situations, address weak signals, predict changes or deal with our current diverse society. - Jutta Treviranus

This is even worse for people who are different from the models the machines use.
People who are unusual or different:

  *   will be filtered out of competitive job applications
  *   won’t be offered limited school placements
  *   won’t get credit, loans or insurance
  *   won’t be understood by voice recognition systems
  *   won’t be recognized by identity systems
  *   may be flagged as a threat
  *   may be run over by automated vehicles
  *   won’t be properly diagnosed by telehealth systems

We need you to prepare the tests for the ultimate challenge.
We are looking for diverse teams that will prepare edge scenarios that might stump the AI systems. Ideally each team should include someone that has experienced being excluded because of difference and someone with a very basic knowledge of machine learning systems and data.
Register here to participate in Race to the Edge<http://bigidea.one/design-challenges/>

**Please note that each team completing an edge scenario and success criteria will have a chance to receive a prize donated by a leading AI company!

[BIG IDeA]<http://www.bigidea.one/>                   [OCAD U]                            [Ontario Logo]

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