Timnit Gebru


What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

In April 1998, two Stanford grad college students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin offered an algorithm referred to as PageRank at a convention in Australia. A month later, warfare broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea, setting off a two-year border battle that left tens of hundreds lifeless. The first occasion arrange Google’s dominance of the web. The second set 15-year-old Timnit Gebru on a path towards working for the longer term megacorp.
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Timnit Gebru was fired from Google — then the harassers arrived

Timnit Gebru had expected her colleagues to rally around her when she was abruptly fired from Google on December 2nd. She was a well-respected AI ethics researcher, her termination as controversial as it was sudden. What she hadn’t anticipated was becoming a catalyst for labor activism in Silicon Valley — or the subject of a harassment campaign that surfaced alongside her supporters.

Google fires top ethics researcher who defended ex-colleague Timnit Gebru

Google employees are searching for answers after a second top researcher into the ethics of artificial intelligence was fired Friday. Margaret Mitchell was co-leader of the company’s ethical AI team alongside Timnit Gebru until December, when Gebru was ousted. Gebru, renowned for her work identifying racial bias in AI, criticized...

Google vows to do better on DEI and firings. Timnit Gebru is not impressed.

Google has concluded its investigation into the firing of prominent AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru, and it announced some changes to its hiring, firing and research policies in an email from AI leader Jeff Dean to employees Friday. While Dean did not share the results of the investigation into the...
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Two Google engineers quit over firing of ethical AI leader Timnit Gebru

Two Google engineers have quit over the treatment of Timnit Gebru, former co-lead of the ethical AI team. David Baker, an engineering director, said Gebru’s dismissal “extinguished” his desire to remain at the company. Vinesh Kannan, a software engineer, said he was leaving because Gebru and April Christina Curley, a diversity recruiter, were “wronged.” The news was first reported by Reuters.

Google cuts corporate access of AI researcher following Timnit Gebru dustup

Google has locked the corporate account of artificial intelligence researcher Margaret Mitchell, the leader of its Ethical AI unit. Mitchell had criticized the search giant after the controversial departure of another prominent AI researcher at the company, Timnit Gebru. Mitchell had been using automated software to go through her old...

Google AI team demands changes after Dr. Timnit Gebru's departure

They say the company should apologize to the researcher and rehire her. Two weeks after the departure of AI researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru, Google’s Ethical AI team has issued a list of demands to its management. In a letter obtained by NBC News and Bloomberg, the division calls for the removal of Megan Kacholia, vice president of engineering at Google, from the group’s reporting structure. “We have lost trust in her as a leader,” the team says of Kacholia, according to Bloomberg.