Dean Richardson Delivers Seminar on Innovation, Creativity and the Brain


Left to right: UCI Law Dean Song Richardson; IBM Master Inventor, UN Artificial Intelligence subject matter expert and UCI lecturer Neil Sahota, and Bond University Law Dean Nick James.

Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law L. Song Richardson delivered a seminar on innovation, creativity and the brain on Feb. 12, 2019, at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. The presentation was part of the university’s Faculty of Law Twilight Seminar Series, which invites leading legal minds from around the globe to discuss cutting-edge legal research and issues facing the legal profession.

Dean Richardson’s seminar examined mental processes that influence decision-making, perceptions and judgments, with a particular focus on how implicit racial and gender biases intersect with the burgeoning artificial intelligence industry.

Her talk focused on how artificial intelligence systems often unintentionally embed societal biases. She pointed out that this can occur because "too often, the groups that are programing these systems are not diverse."

"Thinking about creativity and innovation requires us to think about diversity," she said.

A video recording of the full seminar is available for viewing here.