IBM Watson executive honors childhood lessons and human connections as spurs to AI innovations
Nearly 20 members of YWCA USVI’s Y-Teens VI Girls Leadership & Mentoring Group hosted viNGN for a Black History Month Women in STEM presentation on Saturday February 22 at the St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall. Technology Executive and Artificial Intelligence Leader for IBM Watson Rashida Hodge was selected, for her deep ties to her native St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the high profile she maintains within the international scientific community.
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The students learned about how today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps people get things done more quickly and how humans collaborate within these systems to keep them flexible and responsive. Many common AI interactions include: movie suggestions based on past viewing habits; the “prove you’re not a robot” puzzles that protect online accounts; and requests to automated assistants like Alexa and Siri. Rashida Hodge not only stresses the benefits of diversity in the STEM fields, she believes that AI is open to anyone, from engineers and developers to creatives, to build flexible applications. She hearkens back to the lessons she learned as a child in the historic neighborhood of Savan on St. Thomas to form the foundations to create dynamic tools that power AI around the world.
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