TIME100 AI Spotlights Diverse Leaders In AI Influencers List
TIME chose the 100 Most Influential People in Artificial Intelligence for the TIME100/AI, featuring several people of color.
TIMES’ most knowledgeable editors and reporters spent months fielding recommendations from dozens of sources to assemble hundreds of nominations they whittled down.
“We wanted to highlight the industry leaders at the forefront of the AI boom, individuals outside these companies who are grappling with profound ethical questions around the uses of AI, and the innovators around the world who are trying to use AI to address social challenges,” said executive editor Naina Bajekal, who led the effort.
Let’s meet some of the people of color on the list.
Timnit Gebru – Founder and Executive Director at Distributed AI Research Institute
Gebru co-wrote one of the most influential AI ethics papers in recent memory, a journal article arguing that the biases so present in large language models were no accident. Gebru lost her job in 2020 as the co-lead of Google’s ethical AI team after she refused a demand to remove her name from the independently published paper.
“Honored to be on this list with many of my friends and colleagues. And as usual, also along with some of the worst people. May their influence wane,” wrote Gebru on Twitter.
Linda Dounia Rebeiz – Artist
Rebeiz mainly creates her art with generative adversarial networks and neural-net architectures that allow her to train AI carefully on her datasets. This came after she found OpenAI’s text-to-image model DALL-E to show false images of the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Dounia wrote on Twitter, “From experiments in my hallway studio to being included on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in AI 2023. This is an incredible honor and a huge validation that our perspectives as artists matter in shaping how AI evolves.”
Richard Mathenge – Organizer at African Content Moderators Union
In January, a TIME investigation revealed that Kenyan workers earned $1.32 to $2 an hour to sift through harmful content produced by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, work which left some workers ‘mentally scarred’. “We were dealing with serious trauma,” said Mathenge.
In May, Mathenge was one of the 150 content moderators who voted to establish the African Content Moderators Union to hold Big Tech accountable for its treatment of outsourced workers. In July, Mathenge joined three former ChatGPT colleagues to petition lawmakers to investigate the industry’s practice of outsourcing in Kenya and better protect workers.
Sneha Revanur – Founder and President of Encode Justice
Revanur is the youngest person on the list. Her interest in AI regulation began in 2020, when she founded Encode Justice, a youth-led, AI-focused civil society group, to mobilize younger generations in her home state of California against Proposition 25.
“When I founded Encode Justice at age 15, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d end up on the cover of Time – the youngest on a list full of leaders I’ve looked up to,” wrote Revanur.
Joy Buolamwini – Founder and Artist-in-Chief at Algorithmic Justice League
Buolamwini founded the Algorithmic Justice League (AJL) in 2016 and used research and art to highlight AI’s social impact and potential harms. She also joined the President for a closed-door roundtable in June to voice concerns about facial recognition and biometrics already being used in policing, education, and health care.
Other notable people of color on the list
Pelonomi Moiloa – CEO and Co-Founder of Lelapa AI
Neal Khosla – CEO and Founder of Curai
Stephani Dinkins – Artist
Cristobal Valenzuela – CEO and Co-Founder of Runway
Manu Chopra – CEO of Karya
Kate Kallot – CEO and Founder of Amini
Trushita Gupta – CTO and Co-Founder of Refiberd
Alondra Nelson – Researcher at the Institue for Advanced Study and Policy Adviser
James Manyika – Senior Vice President, Research, Technology and Society at Google
Anna Makanju – Vice President of Global Affairs at OpenAI
Omar Al Olama – Minister of AI at UAE
Sarah Chander – Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights
Abeda Birhane – Cognitive Scientist
Rumman Chowdhury – CEO and Co-Founder of Humane Intelligence
Pushmeet Kohli – Vice President of Research at Google DeepMind
Inioluwa Deborah Raji – Fellow at Mozilla Foundation
Arvind Narayanan & Sayash Kapoor – Professor & Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University
Shakir Mohamed – Research Director, Google DeepMind & Co-Founder, Deep Learning Indaba
See the complete TIME100 AI list here.