Google’s restructuring of its AI teams sparks further criticism
Google has restructured its responsible AI teams in the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing, sparking further anger from the researcher and her supporters. The ethical AI teams will now be overseen by Marian Croak, a Black Google executive who’s credited with inventing the Voice over Internet Protocol.
The tech giant wrote in a blog post: Now, she’s taking on a new project: making sure Google develops artificial intelligence responsibly and that it has a positive impact. To do this, Marian has created and will lead a new center of expertise on responsible AI within Google Research.
Sources told Bloomberg that Croak will report to Google AI lead Jeff Dean, whose involvement in Gebru’s departure was slammed by members of her team. Her exit followed a dispute over a research paper she’d co-authored. Dean insisted Gebru had resigned, but for all intents and purposes, she was fired. The reorganization of Google’s AI teams aims to quell the fallout caused by her termination — but it’s already triggered further indignation.