Words matter. These are the best Vivienne Ming Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Looking at where you went to school is a proxy; you assume, because someone went to a good school, therefore they must have the qualities you desire, even though that’s not actually really true.
The bias tax is actually a loss in economy.
If you tell someone, ‘Hey, your daughter is going to win a Nobel Prize someday,’ it makes it less likely. If you say, ‘Your son is in danger of dropping out in the ninth grade,’ it could make it more likely.
Once you identify the intrinsically motivated people, you realize that fancy degrees can actually be a negative – that some of the people who have them are more focused on how others perceive them.
After I transitioned, a lot of people said, ‘I like you so much more now,’ because before, I was unhappy. Making that change was a big part of becoming me. Whoever you are, as a gay man or a lesbian or a trans woman, embrace it. Turn it into an asset.
Gender transition isn’t about gender. It’s about literally making yourself a better person because you know that’s a better you.
I’m not enthusiastic about educational games or apps generally.
Before I came out, people always asked me math questions. But once I became a woman, they stopped. There’s unintended discrimination.
The tax on being different is massive.
AI might be a powerful technology, but things won’t get better simply by adding AI.
The traditional markers people use for hiring can be wrong – profoundly wrong.
We are bad at valuing other people, and we are worse the more different they are than us.
If you have a diverse workforce, then you have a much better chance of picking up on things that a lack of diversity would hide from them.
If a hero is a person on which you’ve made an explicit choice model yourself, mine is my father for showing me how to live a life of substance.
Estrogen’s a wonderful thing. I’d be doing the dishes and suddenly be like, ‘Wait a minute – why am I crying?’
What drives success, and the most successful students, is internal motivation.
Human behavior is an enormously complex set of things, and that mixture of underlying things is different for different people, so it’s not just complex, it’s meta-complex.
There are neural networks that can build whole apps from scratch – so why are we teaching high school kids to code?
Passing on a full scholarship to MIT would be irrational for me, but to my father and his parents, what would have been the point of spending five years at one of the world’s most prestigious universities if he just ended up back on the farm?
It’s important to me that talking about my experience not undermine those who choose differently. There can be a stigma for people who don’t take the path I did, as though not having surgery means you’re not really transitioning. No one should feel as though it’s everything or nothing.
I have had a small handful of truly blatantly discriminatory experiences for being transgender, but the vast majority are simply the differences between being a man versus being a woman in science and business.
When I went back to finish my undergrad, after a long and ignoble absence, my very first class was Intro to C for Cognitive Modeling. Unlike any educational experience before, I aced the class.
Because of the tax on being different, individual actors in the labour market from different backgrounds can rationally value the same opportunities differently.
The tax on being different is largely implicit. People need not act maliciously for it to be levied. In fact, at its heart is a laudable sentiment: ‘prove it to me.’ The problem is that we are requiring different levels of proof without realising it.
Who wants to get a worse diagnosis of their cancer, just to keep a human doctor in the job?