Critical AI literacy with children: in pursuit of fair and inclusive technology futures

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Sumita Sharma is a postdoc researcher in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on empowerment, inclusion, and accessibility using interactive and novel technologies for and with children and underserved user groups. She has worked on designing and evaluating technology for underserved communities, including neurodiverse children, children living in urban slums, and women in remote / rural regions. From 2021, she is working on participatory approaches with children to design and discuss ethical AI with an emphasis on fairness, as a part of her Research Council of Finland-funded project on Participatory AI with Children.

Children interact with Artificial intelligence (AI) in various direct and indirect ways, yet, there is limited research on the impacts of AI on children. Further, these studies mainly focus on cultivating, nurturing, and nudging children towards technology use and design, without promoting critical perspectives towards AI. For instance, there is little discussion with children on the limitations, inherent biases, and lack of diversity in current design and development of AI, and on critical examination of the ethical aspects of technology use, design, inherent limitations, and consequences of these on children and society at large. In this talk, I will present my work on critical AI literacy with young children, sharing lessons from hands-on workshops with children in Finland, India, and Japan.

IPaT/GVU lunchtime lecture series


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