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The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 7

New surveys show that big tech companies still have quite a long way to go until they have convinced users about the advantages with more use of artificial intelligence. The surveys say people are more worried than excited. Both Microsoft and Google CEOs have recently, in very positive terms, described how generative AI chatbots will make their search engines  even more useful. 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning models provide some solutions to recognize hate speech online. But only 12% of machine learning researchers and 22% of all AI developers are women. Long term investments are needed to change this, UNESCO says in a report.

Metaverse as a shopping channel is still in early stages. Anyway, 26% have used the platform for entertainment, virtual experiences or purchasing products in 2022, consultancy PwC’s global consumer survey shows. 

The European Union should ratify the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, the European Parliament has decided. Six years after the EU signed the Convention, it has still not ratified it because of the refusal of a few member states. 

Gender inequality in the AI industry is systemic and pervasive. And it’s even worse  in films about AI, a new study from the University of Cambridge shows. Just 8% of all depictions of AI professionals from a century of popular film are women. In the real-world AI industry, 20% of AI professionals are women.


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