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‘This is bigger than just Timnit’: how Google tried to silence a critic and ignited a movement

28 mins | Mar 7, 2021
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Fundamental questions arise over how Big Tech companies virtually own most AI research. In a paper she co-authored, Timnit Gebru — an eminent specialist in the field of Artificial Intelligence — called out how Google's use of the technology promoted and perpetuated already existing social biases. Gebru, who co-led Google's AI team at the time, was let go in December in rather unclear circumstances, prompting outrage among fellow Google employees. Katharine Schwab explores how her ousting is putting the movement for equitable tech in the spotlight.
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