Reflections on extending human capability with AI

This week we were asked to share some info about a talk and we hadn’t actually spotted this seminar series before so thought it would be of interest to you all (sign up here).

Guest talk by Cecily Morrison: Reflections on extending human capability with AI: the PeopleLens case study

About this event

Abstract: HCI has taken a strong stance that AI technologies augment or extend human-capabilities rather than mimic or replace them. This talk considers what extending human capability with AI might mean in practical terms and the challenges that arise. I draw upon examples designing and building out the PeopleLens, an AI experience intended to helps blind and low vision children understand who is in their immediate vicinity.

Bio: Cecily is a researcher in the Future of Work community at Microsoft Research Cambridge interested in developing novel technologies to enable people’s health and well-being in the broadest sense. Put simply, Cecily wants to build technologies that matter to people.

Cecily’s research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence. Working in a cross-disciplinary collaboration, her current focus is on AI applications for those with visual disabilities. Cecily is exploring the interaction paradigms between people and agents that can be brought to bear to extend human capability through subtle dialogues with agents that see.

Candidate of the Week

Job: Web Developer/visual designer (J18)

Experience: Develop Me Coding Fellowship, RHS Level 2 Horticulture, Year One Geography, Sussex University

Skills:

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Laravel, MYSQL, React, Redux, Proficient in Photoshop, Trend research/Moodboards, An affinity for colour and pattern, Strong illustration skills, Git / Github

Jobs of the Week

These are from companies working with us and really keen to be inclusive on the gender diversity front

QA Tester

The successful candidate would be aware of the full SDLC and a range of test capabilities (e.g. web-testing; performance; automation; API; mobile-application).

Women Tech Founders Bristol Business Support Series

Lets Gets Started

Our next event is about starting a business – it’s for anyone interested in knowing some more about setting up a business and ask questions so feel free to pop in even if you don’t feel ready to take the plunge. Details are on our WTF ~ Bristol page here.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it

Mashable:
Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid millions for slow-ass decryption software

Colonial Pipeline, which operates more than 5,500 miles of fuel pipelines in the United States, found that out the hard way this week. It reportedly forked over almost $5 million worth of bitcoin to the hacking group that forced the company to proactively shut down its systems. But the company ended up using its own backups to restore operations anyway, according to Bloomberg.

MIT Technology Review:
A nonprofit promised to preserve wildlife. Then it made millions claiming it could cut down trees

The group raised the possibility of chopping down hundreds of thousands of trees as part of its application to take part in California’s forest offset program.

BBC Tech News:
‘Huge shortage’ in digital skills says Apprentice winner

“Right now, I have 14 roles immediately available and over the last month we’ve had one application.”

Mark Wright runs the digital marketing company Climb Online, which he launched after winning BBC TV show The Apprentice in 2014.

Our Events

Workshop Wednesdays
Workshop Wednesday

We return this Wednesday the 19th with WebDev101 project and PyLab. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101. For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hang out for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us at info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

UnWind Wednesday
Unwind Wednesday

Is back on the 26th of May (sign up here) : Come and relax in our (so far) virtual Unwind café. The idea is to have a place for people in tech to talk and listen to what is going on for them – a bit like the ‘Frazzled Café’ started by Ruby Wax (https://www.frazzledcafe.org/).

A chance to see friendly faces and unwind calmly together, offloading bugs and sharing knowledge of healthy coping strategies, books we are reading and anything else we find worth mentioning. You can also just be there and listen if you want.

GirlGeekDinners

Girl Geek Dinners

The first one will be on Women in Engineering on May the 27th.

Then we have an avionics engineer on the 24th of June speaking about what its like to have a career in the industry.

We’ve updated the page with details here.

There’s also an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

Keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Conferences

Sheffield Digital Festival May the 17th – 21st

Where creativity meets technical excellence. It’s a celebration of all of the great things that the creative and digital communities of Sheffield excel at. Events. Demos. Expos. Meet-ups.…

Chemical Engineering and Catalysis World Forum May the 17th

The event will include several plenary talks and keynote lectures by eminent scientists and researchers in these specific fields together with video and poster presentations, contributed papers, discussions, exhibitions and workshops. Through networking and sharing, CECWF-2021 will provide numerous opportunities for educators, practitioners and researchers to exchange practical experiences, research evidence and innovative ideas on different areas of Chemical Engineering and Catalysis.

Next In Tech: Banking Transformation Summit 19th of May

Banking Transformation Summit is a 2 day, live programme discussing the latest industry innovations. 30 industry leading speakers will provide insight and opinion on the current market landscape and what the future holds for 2021 and beyond!

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.