Famous ethics researcher quits Google

Famous ethics researcher quits Google

Google has confirmed that researcher Samy Bengio, who led a team in an ethics and artificial intelligence (AI) project for the Californian group, resigned on Tuesday April 6, a choice that comes after the controversial dismissals of two of his colleagues. . “While I look forward to new challenges, there is no doubt that leaving this great team is very difficult”wrote Samy Bengio in an email, the existence of which was first mentioned by the Bloomberg agency.

In his message, the researcher does not directly refer to the recent dismissals of Margaret Mitchell and Timnit Gebru, two former members of this ethics and AI research team. Timmit Gebru had accused the company of having thanked her because she refused to retract research results on the possible use of an AI to imitate hateful or biased remarks. Margaret Mitchell was reportedly fired for downloading documents related to Timmit Gebru.

Last December, Samy Bengio expressed his solidarity with the latter in a Facebook message still online. “I have always been and remain a strong supporter of his scientific work to ensure that AI becomes a positive force for marginalized people as well as his generosity and tireless work to give a voice to the disabled in silence”, he wrote then. Samy Bengio had worked at Google since 2007, where he was responsible for Google Brain, a research project on automatic machine learning (“deep learning”).

“It’s sad to see this happening to the ONLY research director who did things the right way”regretted on Twitter Timmit Gebru. “I had hope when Samy started acting, but I saw how many problems he had when he started to act.” Margaret Mitchell also expressed her views on the network on tweets. “Resignations are happening now because people started interviewing shortly after we were fired”she wrote in reference to her dismissal and that of Timmit Gebru. “There is a strong interest in responsible/ethical AI outside of Google, so the people we have worked with have many options. Job offers are coming in now, more resignations are likely.”

Contacted by AFP, Google declined to comment on the case.

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