Over 80% of neurodivergent individuals are not employed full-time, only 1/10 of people with disabilities have access to inclusive technology, only 10-15% of AI teams are women. Until today ecosystems were designed by one vision and after that, we just tried to “include” others to this monopoly of design thinking: women, neurodivergent or disabled people, minority groups. Even though it doesn’t fit them – its nature, logic, mechanism, and definitions…
I’ve been working on the intersection of tech and society since 2005 year – when I’ve become a tech explorer and launched a hardware think tank. Over my journey, I worked on tech startups and labs, helped to facilitate tech ecosystems through North America to APAC, MENA, Africa, screened over a few thousand teams, contributed to policies, frameworks, ethics, public and multilateral initiatives. My current work is to reshape the future of technology, algorithms, research and policy through the divergent lens, with a focus on emerging solutions in the fields of (neuro)diversity, accessibility, learning, wellbeing, gender. This work includes several critical elements: research and exploration, policy and adoption, emerging technology solutions.
I’ve spent over 15 years in the capacity of technology explorer, evaluator and reviewer. At the current moment, I’m screening research, technology transfer and cascade funding programs, serving across public and private technology ecosystems related to the future of social AI, robotics, IoT, Blockchain with a special focus on education, health, cities, ecosystems. Evaluation includes accordance to recent protocols and criteria – feasibility, manufacturability, sustainability, ethical and responsible frameworks and guidelines.
I primarilly collaborate with the European Commission-funded projects, governmental and multilateral initiatives, research institutions. Recent examples include: TruBlo, BonsApps, AI4EU, Horizon 2020, Women in AI, ISDI – future of learning, MIT – future of work, Masschallenge – youth/health solutions, various blockchain, AI, robotics, IoT-related calls
In order to empower further adoption and safe use of these solutions, I work on suggestions, improvements, criteria and frameworks to existing tech processes, mechanisms and policies. Recent ones include “Human Centered AI & Ethics”, “Technology Evaluation, Algorithmic Diversity & Human Rights”, “Research Through The Divergent Lens”.
Why this policy work is important? We have social robotics for children on autism spectrum, smart glasses which help to recognize emotions through augmented reality, hiring platforms that help neurodivergent individuals to find a job and work in “adapted” environment, AI tools that improve reading for people with dyslexia and even bio-feedback headsets that allow to control synthesizers with your mind…
Though these technologies and innovations seem fascinating and promising, they might be harmful, if we deal with wrong training data, if we ask wrong questions, if we have no relevant frameworks, guidelines and policies which allows us to properly adapt and facilitate emerging technologies.
In particular, until 2019 we lacked frameworks related to AI and disability, until 2020 – to AI and children. Our goal is to fix this gap and ensure that any technology design or AI are implemented and deployed in a responsible and ethical way, including challenges related to safety, privacy, human rights, fairness, transparency, explainability, technical fixes, autonomous and automated technology etc.
Besides, I serve as an explorer, co-designer and board member for the portfolio / circle of emerging technologies and solutions that reshape the future of the field. My involvement is to use diverse criteria and lens to individual, group and technology research and bring these insights to the product development and research ecosystem.
The priorities are presented in the halo vision and encompass solutions, impacting classrooms, workplaces, cities, promising solutions related to wellbeing, learning, mental health, neurodiversity, women.
Finally, my goai is democratise this work further through the bottom-up innovation, open knowledge, decentralized community, active cooperation between technology, research and policy levels. I spend talks, author documents and suggestions, chair and co-create working groups, co-design hackathons and projects, work with initiatives driven by communities of Women In AI, MIT etc
The vision of algorithmic diversity presents priorities of our circle’s technologies, dedicated to the future of learning, wellbeing, accessibility + and concepts of how we can reshape classrooms, workplaces, cities through adoption of social ai and robotics, adaptive and assistive tech, human-centered environments.
The algorithmic diversity series aims to bring our technology, research and policy concepts to the mainstream – from television or documentaries to Netflix series and public culture. Our first awareness project covered over 60 destinations – from the US and the UK to South Korea and Lebanon. Now we aim to bring it further – in every possible format, language, channel.
The policy recommendations “Technology evaluation, algorithmic diversity and human rights” introduces around 20 social, technology and legal criteria to tech transfer, design, evaluation in such areas as accessibility, neurodiversity, assistive learning, wellbeing, social ai and robotics.
The zero exclusion hackathon aims to democratize movement further – to involve all possible voices, researchers, technologists, developers to active co-creation of the future ecosystems. Our recent hackathons were co-created with Women In AI. We had an opportunity to demonstrate how female innovators can reshape the vision of accessibility for everyone.
The research recommendations “Tech research and exploration through the diverse lens” covers the spectrum specifics related to how divergent groups communicate, access, think, learn, empathize, systemize, memorize, recall, create. It aims to provide safe, human-centered research, avoid isolated silos.
Accessibility working group is a bottom-up community initiative that connects technologists, researchers, educators and advocates to help in the adoption of new technologies, works and solutions accordingly to social challenges and needs. Our current group is hosted by the London tech advocates for disability.
I chair and spend speaking engagements, panels, working groups, give interviews and commentary around tech and society, social ai and robotics, accessibility and neurodiversity innovation, future of learning, work and wellbeing, zero exclusion, policy and ethics.
Recent topics encompass: “Algorithmic Diversity”, “Zero Exclusion, AI & Ethics”, “Human-centered AI”, “Technology & Research Evaluation Through The Human Rights / Social Lens”, “(Neuro)diverse Technologies, Experiences & Ecosystems”, “Women In AI & Tech”, “Diversity In Tech”, related talks, panels, working groups, interviews and appearances.
If you innovate, research or work on human-centered tech, ai, robotics, and environments related to the fields of learning, wellbeing, (neuro)diversity, accessibility, feel free to send your request. I serve organizations, private and public ecosystems, the EU Commission’s projects and related entities. You can find recent projects, calls, frameworks and documents – above and in announcements.
Typically I work with the following requests and invitations: