Google officials on Wednesday signed a petition against the dismissal of artificial intelligence scientist Timnit Gebru after she sent an internal e-mail accusing Google of “silencing marginalized voices.” Until now, more than 1,500 professional companies and 2,200 academic, civil society and technology industry supporters sign the petition.
The researcher announced on Wednesday that she had been fired by Google for conflicts over a journalistic article and an email sent to one of the company’s research groups criticizing the treatment of minority professionals such as blacks and the disabled. The text written for the communication vehicle addressed the potential ethical risks of language models.
According to the scientist, the company asked her to completely withdraw the article or remove her name and the names of other collaborators. Gebru said he would withdraw his name from the newspaper in exchange for explaining why the text was rejected.
Statement from my manager Sammy, who was disgusted by the whole thing – they deliberately kept him out of the match (he learned from ME that his manager Megan had emailed me my personal account, so he cut off my access to Corp, ending me https://t.co/s0O744eQSw
She told management that if these conditions were not met, she would “work on one last meeting”, according to posts on social media.
The researcher said that Google refused to meet the requirements and accelerated her resignation due to an email she sent to an internal list called “Google Brain Women and Allies” (internal mail from the Ethics and AI Research Group), in which he criticized company diversity and involvement efforts.
On Friday (4), Fef Dean, Google’s GI leader, issued a statement saying: “Research work has several important gaps that prevent us from feeling comfortable associating it with Google.”
Wanted by G1, Google did not return until the closing of this report.