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Google has fired a top AI ethicist, just 2 months after her co-leader was ousted (GOOGL)

Summary List PlacementGoogle has fired Margaret Mitchell, the former co-lead on its ethical AI team, following an extended investigation that kept her locked out of her corporate account. Both leaders on Google's ethical AI team now say they have been fired, leaving the future of the group unknown. Mitchell announced the...

Sundar Pichai

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Google has fired Margaret Mitchell, the former co-lead on its ethical AI team, following an extended investigation that kept her locked out of her corporate account.

Both leaders on Google’s ethical AI team now say they have been fired, leaving the future of the group unknown.

Mitchell announced the news on Twitter on Friday by simply writing “I’m fired.” Another Google employee familiar with the situation confirmed Mitchell had been fired.

Mitchell announced in January that Google had blocked her corporate access for downloading and sharing emails related to Timnit Gebru, the AI ethicist — and other ethical AI co-lead — who said she had been fired from Google last December.

“After conducting a review of this manager’s conduct, we confirmed that there were multiple violations of our code of conduct, as well as of our security policies, which included the exfiltration of confidential business-sensitive documents and private data of other employees,” a Google spokesperson told Insider.

The news comes just a day after Google reorganized its AI division, appointing engineering VP Marian Croak to oversee its work in responsible AI research. On Friday, the company also said it had completed its investigation into Gebru’s exit, and announced a series of new policies to increase staff retention and boose diversity and inclusion, Axios first reported.

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