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New data show a huge gender gap in artificial intelligence

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By Dave Gershgorn

Artificial intelligence reporter

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A new report detailing the progress of artificial intelligence, the AI Index, showed today (Dec. 12) that women are still severely underrepresented on top university faculty and as candidates for artificial intelligence jobs.

Less than 20% of faculty at top universities are women, according to the AI Index data, which looked at seven top universities in the United States and Europe. Genders were labeled manually by looking at names and pictures to avoid misgendering included professors.

That’s slightly worse than the number of female applications currently looking for job. The pool of applicants in the US seeking jobs in artificial intelligence is 71% male and 29% female, as, according to data generated by hiring platform Monster in the AI Index report.

These numbers are actually higher than other estimates of current gender diversity in AI research. A report earlier in 2018 showed that women only made 12% of the AI research community.

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