Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing industry, but research shows it’s mostly dominated by men. A recent WIRED article estimates that just 12% of top-tier machine learning researchers are women.
It’s the same story when you look at employment at leading companies like Google and Facebook. Just 10% of Google’s machine intelligence department employees are women and 15% at Facebook, according to the same article.
While the workforce diversity in this sector is lacking, it’s refreshing to see several women gain a strong footing on social media based on their knowledge and passion for AI.
If the topic interests you or aligns with your brand’s offerings, be sure to follow these 10 female AI influencers on social media.
Top 10 female AI influencers to watch
1. Jana Eggers (jeggers)
As the CEO of Nara Logics, Eggers shares what she learns about artificial intelligence, tech, and innovation with her followers on Twitter. She often recommends videos, books, and AI-related conferences from leaders in the industry. In August, she launched an AI newsletter, offering subscriptions to the beta version to anyone who donated $20 or more to her Boston Marathon fundraiser, “Run Like Hale.”
2. Allie Miller (@alliekmiller)
Encouraging her 1.2 million-plus followers on LinkedIn to “follow me for artificial intelligence news, resources, job advice, and openings,” Miller has already hit her maximum number of connections. But if you’re interested in machine learning, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, and product-and-user experience, you can still follow her on Twitter or Instagram.
Miller’s knowledge is one of the most extensive in the industry; she’s the global head of Machine Learning Business Development for Startups and Venture Capital at Amazon and was the youngest woman to build an artificial intelligence product at IBM.
3. Joanna J Bryson (@j2bryson)
Ethics is a frequent topic among AI leaders, and Bryson is one of the leading experts on the subject. Not only is she a professor of ethics and technology, but she’s also a founding member of the Centre for Digital Governance. Bryson often shares AI-related articles on LinkedIn and is followed on Twitter by former President Barack Obama.
Don’t miss her website, where she shares her research, extensive publications, and media appearances.
4. Dr. Fei-Fei Li (@drfeifei)
Dr. Li is not only a professor of computer science at Stanford University, but also the co-director of the Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute. Her social media posts focus on human intelligence and human cognitive science, including her appearance on the Robot Brains Podcast. Follow her on Twitter for alerts about upcoming AI-related conferences and seminars.
5. Joy Buolamwini (@jovialjoy)
Combining her passion for social justice and knowledge of STEM, Buolamwini founded the Algorithmic Justice League. The computer scientist frequently posts about topics such as the intersection of race, technology, and justice. Her Instagram account highlights the more visual parts of her work, including her work with the Ford Foundation on “Coded Bias” and her appearance in Vogue to highlight algorithmic bias.
6. Rana el Kaliouby (kaliouby)
The accomplishments keep piling up for Kaliouby, who founded Affectiva and serves as the deputy CEO at Smart Eye, both of which are AI companies. In addition to being named a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2020, she was asked to co-chair Fortune’s Brainstorm AI conference in November. Follow her on Instagram to learn more about her and her book, “Girl Decoded.”
7. Dr. Kate Crawford (@katecrawford)
Having served as the Inaugural Visiting Chair of AI and Justice at Ecole normale superieure in Paris, Dr. Crawford shares her extensive knowledge of artificial intelligence on social media. For those who prefer to read something tangible, there’s her new book, “Atlas of AI.” Her countless academic publication credits can be found on her website.
8. Cassie Kozyrkov (@quaesita)
Google may only have a small percentage of women working in machine learning, but Cassie Kozyrkov, a chief decision scientist at the company, is certainly a role model – and one to follow on social.
Kozyrkov’s nearly 30K Twitter followers can get updates on machine learning, data science, statistics, analytics, deep learning, and more. On LinkedIn, her connections can read “The Ultimate Guide to Starting AI” while her Instagram followers can follow her media appearances around the globe.
9. Dr. Angelica Lim (@petitegeek)
Did you miss Dr. Lim’s Tedx Talk on “Robots, Emotions & Empathy”? Check it out on YouTube. She’s a notable expert on AI; her work at the SFU Rosie Lab includes creating robots with social intelligence and empathy. Follow Lim on LinkedIn or read up on her publications, projects, and media appearances on her website.
10. Hilary Mason (@hmason)
After founding Fast Forward Labs, which was acquired by Cloudera, Mason co-founded Hidden Door to “build the future of immersive entertainment with narrative AI.” Her LinkedIn account is chock full of AI-related information, including a link to an episode of Wired’s Five Levels show on machine learning, which she hosted. Mason’s talks on AI and machine learning, including this presentation at the Open Data Science Conference, can be found on YouTube.
All of these women are breaking ground in an industry that lacks diversity. As they post about AI, they’re becoming influencers to followers that go beyond people who are interested in tech. Working with talented women like these on an influencer marketing campaign could be a huge win for any brand. When you’re ready to explore your options, let IZEA Discovery help you launch your first influencer campaign with strong role models like these.