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It seems that every day, there are headlines in the news about artificial intelligence revolutionizing this and machine learning unlocking that - but what do these terms even mean? What do these technologies really do? And what do they mean for us as development practitioners? In this conversation, we will learn some of the basics of what AI technologies are, what the current state of AI research and development looks like, and where these technologies will be relevant and useful for the field of international development at large. We will also look at some emerging case studies and look ahead at what will be needed in the future to ensure AI brings about useful, positive changes for the world.
About the Speaker
Priyanka Pathak is a technologist, digital designer, and deep learning/AI scientist with nearly a decade of experience in designing, developing, and implementing ICTs in global health and international development. Currently leading technology work at Dalberg Design, Priyanka also previously worked as an ICT and Innovation Specialist at the World Bank, advising both client governments and internal teams on design, implementation, and strategy for ICTs and other frontier technologies. She has worked all around the world with many major organizations, including the WHO, CDC, Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and various other UN agencies, in addition to working with small startups. Priyanka has also taught courses on technology, design, and social good at Parsons the New School and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, and most recently developed and taught the first Artificial Intelligence for International Development course at TechChange. Priyanka holds a Master’s degree in Informatics from Columbia University and Bachelor's degrees in Information Systems and Business, with minors in Computer Science and Spanish, from the University of Texas at Austin.