Timnit Gebru’s Exit From Google Exposes a Crisis in AI

Timnit Gebru’s Exit From Google Exposes a Crisis in AI


Publication Title
WIRED
Publication/Creation Date
December 31 2020
Creators/Contributors
Alex Hanna (creator)
Meredith Whittaker (creator)
Timnit Gebru (contributor)
Google Inc. (contributor)
New York University (NYU) (contributor)
AI Now Institute (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
"Google’s appalling treatment of Gebru exposes a dual crisis in AI research. The field is dominated by an elite, primarily white male workforce, and it is controlled and funded primarily by large industry players—Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, and yes, Google. With Gebru’s firing, the civility politics that yoked the young effort to construct the necessary guardrails around AI have been torn apart, bringing questions about the racial homogeneity of the AI workforce and the inefficacy of corporate diversity programs to the center of the discourse. But this situation has also made clear that—however sincere a company like Google’s promises may seem—corporate-funded research can never be divorced from the realities of power, and the flows of revenue and capital."
HCI Platform
Ambient
Location on Body
Not On The Body
Marketing Keywords
Google, Data For Black Lives
Source
https://www.wired.com/story/timnit-gebru-exit-google-exposes-crisis-in-ai/

Date archived
January 25 2021
Last edited
January 25 2021
How to cite this entry
Alex Hanna, Meredith Whittaker. (December 31 2020). "Timnit Gebru’s Exit From Google Exposes a Crisis in AI ". WIRED. Condé Nast Inc.. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/5067