[November 28, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
Dr. Abeba Birhane, Cognitive Scientist at Mozilla Trustworthy AI, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Researcher at University College Dublin Ireland, and alumna of Bahir Dar University, delivered a public lecture to BDU academic staff and students. She spoke on the growth of cognitive science, and how the old method of conducting research has been superseded by impeded cognitive science. It takes into consideration the environmental component, where research is conducted while individuals are engaged in their normal surroundings. According to her, only a few people, particularly Ethiopians, are focused on such progress. AI has a variety of applications, including NLP, which covers language conversion and grammatical checking. Meanwhile, robotics is the other use, and most studies involve robotics application in aiding and reducing human workload.
There is also a sector for computer vision, which began in 1955, although face recognition and a variety of other outputs serve at various levels. However, models have been recoded with bias in terms of gender, color, and race, which is why she is focusing on dataset auditing. According to her speech, dataset auditing is a procedure in which models are checked before implementation, and most have been associated with harming individuals, including putting people to prison and incorrect health prediction. However, applications based on planets and meteorology are expected to have a positive influence. Discussions with the audience and participants had followed the lecture.
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