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One of the cofounders of Google Brain, the tech giant’s artificial intelligence research division, has quit the company following months of internal discord.

Samy Bengio, an AI research manager at the company and world-leading academic in his field, announced his departure on Tuesday, in an email obtained by Bloomberg. 

His resignation comes after Timnit Gebru, a high-profile Black researcher in ethical AI, was ousted from Google, triggering a flurry of debate about AI research and racism. Gebru was fired in December 2020, after an apparent fallout with management over a research paper she had co-authored on the risks of algorithmic bias. 

Another researcher on the team, Margaret Mitchell, was subsequently fired for what Google described as “multiple violations” of its rules. In the run-up to her sacking, Mitchell said on Twitter she had tried “to raise concerns about race & gender inequity, and speak up about Google’s problematic firing of Dr. Gebru.”

Both women previously reported to Bengio before they were fired, and his department was subsequently reorganized to place Mariam Croak in charge. 

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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