Reinstate Timnit Gebru and take bias in AI seriously

Reinstate Timnit Gebru and take bias in AI seriously

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Jonathan Kent started this petition to Google

Timnit Gebru, a leading Black scientist who studies the ethics of artificial intelligence  has been fired by Google. She is alleging that Google has tried to suppress her research. She has also been critical of its diversity efforts.

Gebru was the technical co-lead of Google’s Ethical AI team was dismissed following her sending an email to an internal Google group for women and supportive people working on AI for Google. 

Google's management has allegedly been resisting calls to take bias in AI seriously. There's strong evidence that AI can discriminate against people on grounds of appearance, 'race', gender and orientation - Gebru's research found that facial recognition often fails women with darker skin tones.

According to Gebru the tech bros running Google are quite happy for their biases to be baked into AI and get upset when this is pointed out to them. Google's 'don't be evil' mantra seems to be defunct. Time for the company to take bigotry, both human and artificial, seriously.

We want to see Timnit Gebru given back her job and Google make a sincere, transparent, effective and fully-funded effort to eliminate cultural and social bias in AI.

 

 

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