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Business Insider: 'Google Fires Top AI Ethicist 2 Months After Co-Leader's Ousting, Leaving Its Ethical AI Team Headless'

Hugh Langley writes the following for Business Insider:

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

It means 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 … by simply writing ‘I’m fired.’ Google confirmed Mitchell was fired in a statement to Insider. …

‘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. …

Google may have hoped these moves would quell weeks of unrest in its AI division, but Mitchell’s firing is likely to further rankle many employees. 

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