Google has restructured its accountable AI groups within the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing, sparking additional anger from the researcher and her supporters.
The moral AI groups will now be overseen by Marian Croak, a Black Google govt who’s credited with inventing the Voice over Web Protocol.
Google introduced her appointment in a blogpost:
Now, she’s taking over a brand new venture: ensuring Google develops synthetic intelligence responsibly and that it has a constructive influence. To do that, Marian has created and can lead a brand new heart of experience on accountable AI inside Google Analysis.
The reorganization of Google’s AI groups goals to quell the fallout attributable to her termination — nevertheless it’s already triggered additional indignation.
Gebru tweeted that Google was “making an attempt to neutralize one Black girl with one other” whereas “harassing, terrorizing, and gaslighting my crew.”
I’ll have much more to say about this later. However saying a brand new org by a Black girl as if we’re all interchangeable whereas harassing, terrorizing and gaslighting my crew and doing completely ZERO to acknowledge & redress the hurt that’s been finished is past gaslighting. https://t.co/cMtHqCte4e
— Timnit Gebru (@timnitGebru) February 18, 2021
Amongst Gebru’s supporters is former range recruiter Abril Christina Curley, who says she was fired from the agency as a result of “they had been uninterested in listening to me name them out on their racist bullshit.”
Abil tweeted that Google “desires nothing greater than to bodily run us down and exhaust us to the purpose of breaking.”
Margaret Mitchell, who based Google’s Moral AI crew — and is at present locked out of her company account for downloading materials associated to Gebru — mentioned she discovered concerning the reorganization by Bloomberg’s report.
…And that is how I discover out. I am so glad for all of the belief they’ve rebuilt. It appears I have been fully erased and my crew taken.https://t.co/1BTGOo5Wry
— MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) February 18, 2021
Google might hope the restructuring subdues the inner dissent, nevertheless it’s solely infected the outrage of Gebru’s supporters.
Revealed February 18, 2021 — 21:43 UTC