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December 16, 2020 21 min

Two weeks after her forced exit, the AI ethics researcher reflects on her time at Google, how to increase corporate accountability, and the state of the AI field.


We meet:

Dr. Timnit Gebru


Find more reporting:

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/16/1014634/google-ai-ethics-lead-timnit-gebru-tells-story/

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/04/1013294/google-ai-ethics-research-paper-forced-out-timnit-gebru/


Google's email to employees:

https://twitter.com/JeffDean/status/1334953632719011840


Gebru's email to the listserv Google Brain Women and Allies:

https://www.platformer.news/p/the-withering-email-that-got-an-ethical


The petition from Google Walkout:

https://googlewalkout.medium.com/standing-with-dr-timnit-gebru-isupporttimnit-believeblackwomen-6dadc300d382


Credits:

This episode was reported by Karen Hao, edited by Jennifer Strong, Niall Firth, Gideon Lichfield and Michael Reilly, and produced with help from Anthony Green, Emma Cillekens and Benji Rosen.

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