Two members of Google’s ethical AI research team left the company earlier this week citing “institutional rot” and what they claim is a policy of “maintaining white supremacy.”
Alex Hanna and Dylan Baker said they submitted their resignations to Google and have joined the nonprofit Distributed AI Research Institute founded by former Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru.
Their departure from Google was first reported by Bloomberg.
In 2020, Gebru claimed that she was fired from Google after criticizing the company’s failure to diversify its ranks.
The company denied Gebru’s claim, saying that she resigned after it refused to publish an academic paper that she wrote because it failed to meet its threshold for publication.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Ariel Zilber