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AI algorithm highlights misrepresentation of engineers

Images: This is Engineering [CC BY-NC_ND 2.0], via Flickr

New campaign aims to challenge engineering stereotypes, encouraging women and ethnic minorities into the profession

A campaign to encourage a more diverse range of young people to consider a career in engineering has highlighted the stark misrepresentation of the profession as male, pale and stale.

Ahead of This is Engineering Day on 6 November, the Royal Academy of Engineering employed an AI algorithm to study online image search results for the word “engineer”, generating images of what it learned a typical engineer might look like.

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