Davar Ardalan is the Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW AI, a B2B startup specializing in AI-driven cultural content. She is also the former Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program at GSA. Prior to this, she was a public broadcasting journalist for two decades at NPR News, where she designed stories anchored in multiculturalism and steeped in historical context.
In 2015, her last position at NPR was senior producer of the Identity and Culture Unit. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future, she created IVOW, bringing together a team of journalists and technologists to design cultural IQ in AI. Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a 2017 NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the popular comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.
We know that AI algorithms and data sets are limited in understanding different cultural contexts, inhibiting the effectiveness of businesses expanding into emerging markets. How do you bring businesses closer to the audiences they’re targeting? I would argue that personalization together with cultural intelligence is key. What role can we play as storytellers and testers in designing this new future. How can AI-powered cultural analytics empower citizens and companies alike? If we have the ingenuity to make self-driven cars, we can and must make the interactions between humans and machines more empathetic and inclusive.
Davar Will be having this talk with her colleague Nishan Chelvachandran.