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In this blog I tell of some of my encounters, how computers have evolved over time, share stories about tech with women in mind, review amazing books written by or about women in tech, share inspirational stories of leadership and success, discuss challenges facing women and girls in STEM.
Do I need an AI Advisor?
I’m troubled, truly troubled by the endless talk of AI. We don’t even say Artificial Intelligence anymore. ‘AI’ has taken on a life of its own. ‘Oh it’s the AI’ ‘It’s all decided by AI’ ‘they are AIs’ Do I need help? I read recently that the Pope has an AI Advisor. If such an elevated… Read more
10 years at CoderDojo
In case you don’t know, CoderDojo is a programming club for young people aged 7 to 17. The Manchester Dojo celebrated its 10th anniversary in Dec 2022 with almost 50 children (ninjas) and 20 volunteer mentors (including me). I was asked by fabulous organisers Claire McDonald and Lisa Chan Brown to make a 90sec video… Read more
Women need more self-belief
A great leader and one of my role models is the fearless woman and exceptional politician, Barbara Castle, who in 1970 introduced the Equal Pay Act. When giving a speech at an all-girls school she said: “I marvel at women’s instinctive acceptance of men’s belief in their own superiority” Adding that women need more “self-belief”… Read more
IF woman THEN no entry
Have you ever thought about the power of the ubiquitous IF…THEN… statement? Every programming language has one and it can make extraordinary decisions. Imagine Jane, a bright, handsome young woman who recently qualified as a doctor. She loves keeping fit and as a reward for her success decided to enrol in a swanky new gym… Read more
Would You Let a Robot Dress Your Grandma?
I’ve been reading recently that robot carers may become a reality. One particular article reported on an experiment to dress a mannequin in a hospital gown. This set me wondering about why you would want a robot to dress a mannequin – fair enough it’s an experiment – but in real life hospital patients are not typically lying… Read more