Technology Google: Second senior researcher for ethical AI loses her job

15:31  22 february  2021
15:31  22 february  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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With Margaret Mitchell's resignation, Google has now laid off both former heads of the AI ​​ethics team. Mitchell had previously commented negatively about the termination of her colleague Timnit Gebru.

Google hat eine weitere bekannte KI-Forscherin entlassen. © Asif Islam / Shutterstock.com Google has fired another well-known AI researcher.

Margaret Mitchell announced on Twitter that she has been fired by Google. The group confirms the termination to the US publication Techcrunch and cites violations of the code of conduct and safety guidelines as the reason. Mitchell said he hadn't had access to her Google account for five weeks.

In January it became known that Google had opened an investigation against Mitchell , because the scientist had apparently searched for examples of discrimination against her former colleague Timnit Gebru with the help of a script. Gebru was unexpectedly dismissed in December 2020.

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Gebru and Mitchell had previously published a jointly written paper on the dangers of AI systems for language processing. Google had then asked to withdraw the article submitted to a scientific conference.

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Google: Restructuring and new rules for scientific publications

Just a few days before Mitchell's termination, Google announced a restructuring. In the future, manager Marian Croak will be responsible for responsible AI. You are also subordinate to the AI ​​ethics team. According to media reports, this was not informed in advance about the restructuring and only found out about it from the press.

The US publication Axios also reports, citing an internal memo, that Google will set up uniform rules for the publication of scientific papers. In addition, the team responsible for employee retention is to be expanded and there are to be new rules for dealing with potentially sensitive dismissals.

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