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Nov 3, 2020

How informed do you feel about the future of Artificial Intelligence? Have we addressed its challenges and biases, or do we need more conversations to improve its trajectory?  In this episode of Humans, Now and Then, I speak to B Cavello, Research Program Lead at the Partnership on AI, on the opportunities to improve AI, the importance of educating the public on its use, and why it's so important to bring more people together to discuss its future.


B Cavello is a Program Lead at the Partnership on AI (PAI), a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative focused on advancing the benefits and addressing the challenges of machine intelligence. PAI was founded by Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft in partnership with leading academic and civil society organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the MacArthur Foundation, and OpenAI. B leads PAI research in areas such as fairness, transparency, AI's impact on labor, and works closely with PAI Partner organizations.


Previously, B served as Senior Engagement Lead for IBM's AI division, the Watson Group, where they led strategic conversations with world leaders about implementing Artificial Intelligence in the real world. In June 2017, B was recognized as an IBM LGBT+ 'Out Role Model' for championing diversity and inclusion in and beyond IBM.


Prior to IBM, B was both Product Development and Community Director at Exploding Kittens, a record-breaking crowdfunded card game startup. B also co-led Phenomenon Media 501c3, an arts and education nonprofit, developing an educational tool for teaching code without the need for computers. B's personal projects focus on social good and range from textile art to computer education and security and even a game to help NASA researchers study climate change.


B received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and was selected as an MIT-Harvard Assembly Fellow for the 2019 Ethics and Governance in Artificial Intelligence Initiative cohort. 


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Partnership on AI:

B mentions Elan Lee, Xbox Designer and CEO of Exploding Kittens.  You can learn more about Exploding Kittens at

LARPing = Live Action Role Playing

IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence Division:

Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri, Ghost Work.


Frontier Development Lab:


Kevin Slavin's TED talk, How Algorithms Shape our World: Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

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