This Tech Ethicist Wants More Women's Voices to Diversify AI

Sasha Luccioni on the need for representation in artificial intelligence

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The first time Sasha Luccioni applied for a position at Hugging Face—the AI startup now valued at $4.5 billion—she was rejected. “I wasn’t what they were looking for,” she recalled. This was nearly three years ago.

Shaking off that initial rejection, she went to work at BigScience, a yearlong volunteer research workshop funded by Hugging Face to train the first open source, large language model. Luccioni directly reached out to Thomas Wolf, the startup’s co-founder, during the project and “proved my worth,” convincing him to offer her a job.




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This story first appeared in the Nov. 14, 2023, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.