“I am the daughter of art and science.”

Dr. Joy Buolamwini is a computer scientist and poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to create a world with more equitable and accountable technology. Her TED Featured Talk on algorithmic bias has over 1.4 million views. Her MIT thesis methodology uncovered large racial and gender bias in AI services from companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon. In 2020, these companies stepped back from selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement. In addition to advising elected officials during US congressional hearings, she serves on the Global Tech Panel to advise world leaders and executives on reducing AI harms.

Joy’s journey is depicted in the critically-acclaimed documentary Coded Bias which sheds lights on threats A.I. poses to civil rights and democracy. She has written op-eds on the impact of AI for publications like TIME Magazine and New York Times. Her spoken word visual audit "AI, Ain't I A Woman?" which shows AI failures on the faces of iconic women like Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama has been part of exhibitions ranging from Ars Electronica to the Barbican Centre, UK. A Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow, Joy has been named to notable lists including Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg50, Time Next 100, Fortune Magazine named her "the conscience of the AI revolution". She is the first Black researcher to grace the cover of Fast Company appearing in the 2020 “Most Creative People” issue. She holds graduate degrees from Oxford University and MIT; and a bachelor's from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former pole vaulter, she still holds sentimental Olympic aspirations. She is the author of the national best seller UNMASKING AI with Penguin Random House.

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BS Computer Science,
Georgia Institute of Technology

MSc Education Learning & Technology,
University of Oxford

MS Media Arts & Sciences,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD Media Arts & Sciences,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I’m a free riding poet

Rhodes Scholarship

Fulbright Fellowship

Stamps President's Scholarship

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Ida B. Wells


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