5 Ways We Nurtured Cultural Context in AI in 2020!

The challenges in 2020 made our work at IVOW even more critical.

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Our core startup team at IVOW — Intelligent Voices of Wisdom (R-L) Nisa McCoy, Robert Malesky, Kee Malesky, Nikki McLay, Nagaraj Amarnath, Karim Ardalan, Davar Ardalan, Ali Khosh.

Here are our top 5 accomplishments in 2020!

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In our Indigenous Knowledge Graph prototype, we include the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that are most relevant to the Native American cultures and recipes we focused on. This ontology is a way to sort information into logical hierarchical relationships. Experience our interactive report here.

1. Indigenous Knowledge Graph: ​Data + Culture

We believe the digital transformation of cultural knowledge into AI-suitable datasets is an important step in helping future machines like our AI Sina Storyteller (a prototype is available on Google Home) become deeply aware of global cultures. With this in mind, we created an Indigenous Knowledge Graph (IKG) to demonstrate how creating structure around stories can foster reasoning and cultural intelligence in machines and conversational AIs.

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IVOW and Topcoder’s Women in History Data Ideation Challenge took place in July 2020.

2. Diverse Datasets with Topcoder: Data + Women

We partnered with Topcoder on a project that can have a significant impact on the problem of biased datasets: the Women in History Data Ideation Challenge.

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IVOW and NGA currently prototyping cultural IQ analytics - December 2020.

3. Cultural IQ with NGA: Data + Analytics

NGA is a leading provider of AI and data insights that enable businesses to intelligently automate their back and front-office processes. Their focus has primarily been the finance and banking industry. Through a partnership with IVOW AI, we are bringing a cultural intelligence (CI) lens to NGA’s existing data.

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On September 8, the 2020 Women in AI Summit, “Bringing All Minds Together,” featured a panel with IVOW and Soul Machines. Watch our demo.

4. Storytelling with Soul Machines: Data + Stories

Conversational chatbots like Siri, Alexa, and Google Home are taking the internet by storm, but many lack cultural context. Our AI Sina Storyteller (SEE-na) combines the power of artificial intelligence with ancient storytelling wisdom to create an interactive user experience that is culturally-specific, narrative-rich, and customizable for global appeal.

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IVOW joined thought leaders in a series of virtual roundtables led by the New York Academy of Sciences

5. NY Academy of Sciences: Data + Collaboration

IVOW was selected as one of a group of communications and AI experts to join a series of roundtables to identify and fill gaps in education, research, and policy with the goal of generating consistent and pragmatic solutions to some of the most important problems now facing society. Our contribution helped the New York Academy of Sciences shape parts of their AI report, especially around communications, data equity, and diversity in algorithms. They reported the results in Collaborative Intelligence; a Blueprint for a New Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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Looking to the future

Heading into 2021, we plan to expand our work on cultural intelligence in AI with a focus on Sina and our CultureGraph, and to develop Sina beyond a prototype.

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IVOW Founder and Storyteller in Chief

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