Ethical AI is 'a field that tries to ensure that, when we work on AI technology, we’re working on it with foresight', Timnit Gebru says
Timnit Gebru's exit from Google was the final straw for one engineering veteran. Read the powerful letter he sent to colleagues as he departed the company after 16 years.
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Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru says she was fired over a research paper she coauthored on the ethical issues of recent advances in the tech. “I felt like we were being censored and thought this had implications for all of ethical AI research.”
2 Google engineers quit to protest the firing of researcher Timnit Gebru, who was fired after speaking out about racial bias. Black women make up 1.6% of Google’s workforce. Gebru is 1 of 2 Black female execs fired last year who voiced frustration about its hiring practices.
A second high-ranking Black employee from Google said she was fired from the company. April Christina Curley said she was denied promotions and harassed by managers. Research scientist Timnit Gebru also said she was fired this year. She called Google “institutionally racist.”
1,800+ Google workers signed a letter accusing Google of racism and censorship after a Black exec said she was fired for not retracting ethics research. Dr. Timnit Gebru, a tech racial bias expert, says she felt "dehumanized" at Google. Just 1.6% of employees are Black women.
Timnit Gebru’s work on AI bias is necessary and pathbreaking. The prospect that she’d simply be instructed by her employer to withdraw her academic work-in-progress — with no discussion — implicates all the church/state issues of corporations hosting academic research units.