Some researchers from African countries were barred from attending last week’s A.I. conference in Montréal due to visa issues.
The story is covered in this Wired article
The organizers of the Black in A.I. workshop were working around the clock with immigration experts, but at least 40 presenters were not able to attend.
Even Justin Trudeau has promised an investigation, though after the fact.
This story again puts front and center the ways in which technologies that offer so much in the way of potential are being circumscribed by the diminishing commitment to open and fair borders.
A major AI conference will be hosted in Addis in 2020. Will that be a step towards opening the borders of research and development in AI?