New American Dream: Revolutionary Design

Brian Tate | April 9, 2021


Above: Press the play button to livestream the May 5 town hall event REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: Conceiving a Future Forged with Antiracist Technology, 5-6:30 p.m. ET.

REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: Conceiving a Future Forged with Antiracist Technology is a conversation with five leaders who work to bring human rights and racial justice to artificial intelligence and genetic science.

With Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Nicole Martinez-Martin, PD, PhD, Mutale Nkonde, Roya Pakzad, and Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate). Moderated by Karen Hao. Opening performance by violinist Lady Jess.

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
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How have old forces of bigotry and bias gained new life in the digital era? How do we uproot racist algorithms in healthcare, criminal justice, business, and other fields? Join us for a conversation with five leaders who work to bring human rights and racial justice to artificial intelligence and genetic science.


Revolutionary Design is the second of five events of the NEW AMERICAN DREAM series, presented by The WNET Group – parent to America’s flagship PBS station – between April 28 and May 26, 2021.

NEW AMERICAN DREAM is the second series of virtual town halls that examine major issues affecting diverse communities throughout the New York City area and across the United States. The first series was Criminal Justice in America.

Each week, The WNET Group will examine systemic racism in relation to five pillars of contemporary society: voting rights, artificial intelligence and genetic data, journalism, antiracism, and cultural narratives. Our focus is on strategies and solidarity, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Curated by Brian Tate, community partnerships specialist for The WNET Group.

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About the Panelists

Dr. Rumman Chowdhury is a pioneer in the field of applied algorithmic ethics, working with C-suite clients to create cutting-edge solutions for ethical, explainable, and transparent AI. She is the founder and CEO of Parity, an enterprise algorithmic audit platform company. Her passion lies at the intersection of AI and humanity, and she has shaped policy through advisement or testimony to the House of Lords, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.N., the NYC Algorithmic Commission, and others. Learn more: Dr. Rumman Chowdhury

Nicole Martinez-Martin, PhD, JD, is Assistant Professor at Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Dept. of Pediatrics, secondary appointment at Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Stanford University. Her graduate research included the study of cross-cultural approaches to mental health services in the Latinx community and the use neuroscience in criminal cases. Her work in bioethics and neuroethics has focused on the use of AI and digital health approaches for mental health applications. Learn more: Nicole Martinez-Martin 

Mutale Nkonde is the founder of AI For the People, a nonprofit communications firm. AFP creates content that empowers audiences to combat racial bias in tech, including a film with Amnesty International to support Ban the Scan, a global push to ban facial recognition. Previously, while working in AI Governance, Nkonde was on the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, the DEEP FAKES Accountability Act, and the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act to the U.S. Congress. Learn more: Mutale Nkonde

Roya Pakzad is the founder and director of Taraaz, a research and advocacy organization working at the intersection of technology and human rights. She is also an affiliated scholar at UC Berkeley’s CITRIS Policy Lab. Previously, she was a research associate and project leader at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator, and worked with Stanford’s Iranian Studies program on the role of technology and human rights in Iran. In 2019, she was a resident fellow on AI at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is building a research hub in Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society. TallBear is author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her Indigenous STS work recently turned to also address decolonial and Indigenous sexualities. Learn more: Dr. Kim TallBear

MODERATOR: Karen Hao. The senior AI editor at MIT Technology Review, Karen Hao covers the field’s cutting-edge research and impacts on society. Her weekly newsletter, The Algorithm, was named one of the best newsletters on the Internet in 2018 by The Webby Awards. She co-produces the podcast, In Machines We Trust, which won a 2020 Front Page Award. Previously, she was a tech reporter and data scientist at Quartz. In a past life, she was an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Alphabet’s X.

Opening Performer Lady Jess

Violinist and educator Jessica McJunkins (née Lady Jess) leads strings under the baton of Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, is Co-Artistic Director and concertmistress of the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra (UPCO) in NYC, is a regular L.A. session musician, and is a soloing member of Beyoncé K Carter’s band. Her artist credits include collaborations with Stevie Wonder, The Roots, J.Lo, Max Richter, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Diana Ross, Spike Lee, One Direction, Terence Blanchard, Jay Z, Solange and more. Her TV credits include The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and more.

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