For Immediate Release: July 14, 2021
By Office of Naval Research Global
SANTIAGO, Chile.–The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global and the U.S. Embassy Santiago in Chile launched the Chilean Association of Women in Artificial Intelligence (AI) during a live webinar on July 7. Capt. James Borghardt, former commanding officer of ONR Global, was a speaker at the event, and was joined by a world-class expert panel that included Ambassador Carol Perez, the acting under secretary of state for management, Glen Richard, chargé de affairs at the U.S. Embassy Santiago; and other renowned Chilean authorities and U.S. speakers.
The newly formed Chilean Association of Women in Artificial Intelligence aims to support women in AI, bring together experts, share best practices, build an AI women community with international outreach and inspire women of all generations to pursue AI careers.
During the panel, Borghardt referred to the importance of inclusion and diversity, and how critical both are to the ability to deliver the science and technology relationships that will make the world a better and safer place.
“Inclusion is the only way we can capture the critical benefits of our diverse cultures, educations, experiences and knowledge," he said. "Collectively, we have to support and develop all sources of the ideas that will make our world a better and safer place.”
“ONR Global stands ready to support efforts such as this throughout the world," Borghardt continued, "as we recently did during the creation of the Women in AI Association in Czech Republic, to encourage coordination, collaboration and the inclusion of all the diverse talent we can muster to face the challenges of today and those that come tomorrow. I truly hope that this is one of the first such associations we can support throughout the world.”
On the same line, Perez said, “Although there are more girls in school today than ever before, women still do not have the same opportunities to compete, especially when we talk about the science and technology, innovation, mathematics and engineering fields. Our ability to promote diversity and women empowerment will be key moving forward, especially so in an unrepresented field as AI.”
Richard acknowledged the shared belief of both countries that inclusion and diversity strengthens all aspects of society. “It is particularly important for technology fields, where machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms are becoming more and more important in our lives. The initiative to form a Chilean Association of Women in Artificial Intelligence will promote diversity and inclusion by supporting professional women in AI, bringing together experts, sharing best practices and inspiring women to pursue AI careers.”
ONR Global sponsors scientific efforts outside of the U.S., working with scientists and partners worldwide to discover and advance naval capabilities.