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Department of Commerce says AI can advance 'diversity, equity, inclusion'
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Department of Commerce says AI can advance 'diversity, equity, inclusion'

The United States Department of Commerce reaffirmed Tuesday the Biden administration's commitment to utilizing artificial intelligence to advance "diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility" goals.

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the department published an article titled "How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Efforts."

The department also hosted a panel discussion regarding "the intersectionality of AI and neurodiversity and the impact of AI on hiring persons with disabilities as well as promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by all employees."

Victoria Houde, director of AI Policy and Strategy at the Department of Commerce's Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, stated during the panel, "As a black woman, it is important to me to be the voice in the room and get data into the hands of unrepresented communities and people that are just different than the stereotypical community."

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves released a message in September noting the department's dedication to advancing DEI initiatives.

"We firmly believe that diversity and inclusion are not just morally right but also strategically smart," Graves wrote.

President Biden recently signed an executive order announcing new regulations on the AI industry. The order also committed to using the technology to advance equity and civil rights. The administration's "Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights," published this year, called for AI to be developed and designed "in an equitable way."

"Algorithmic discrimination occurs when automated systems contribute to unjustified different treatment or impacts disfavoring people based on their race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, gender identity, intersex status, and sexual orientation), religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law," the administration's blueprint stated.

The watchdog American Accountability Foundation released a July report detailing the Biden administration's plan to "rig" AI systems with "woke" ideology.

AAF president Tom Jones told Fox News Digital at the time, "Biden is being advised on technology policy, not by scientists, but by racially obsessed social academics and activists. We're already seen the biggest tech firms in the world, like Google under Eric Schmidt, use their power to push the left's agenda. This would take the tech/woke alliance to a whole new, truly terrifying level."

The Department of Commerce's article concluded by declaring the department and the Biden administration's commitment to "equality and diversity" in the workforce and economy.

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