Samy Bengio, head of the internet giant’s AI ethics group until the controversy broke which led to the departure of two female leaders, resigned on Tuesday. Bengio announced his exit in an email to the colleagues. His last working day will be April 28. Bengio joined Google in 2007 and is an expert in a type of AI known as machine learning. It may be recalled that Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, the ousted Ethical AI co-leads, had reported to Bengio.
Google unified its AI teams under, Marian Croak, a vice president of engineering to steady the teams working on ethics research and products to defuse employee departure of the researcher, Timnit Gebru. Croak will oversee the Ethical AI team that’s faced intense scrutiny. The Ethical AI Team has people working on machine learning, computer vision systems, natural language processing.
David Baker, an engineering director and Vinesh Kannan, a software developer have resigned from Google for the alleged wrongly firing of Timnit Gebru, AI-researcher and April C Curley, a recruiter; both identified as Black. This has come after the signs of conflicts over diversity and ethics difference emerge at the search giants. Recently, 800 people joined a union demanding workplace protections and 2,600 out of 135,000 employees signed a letter supporting Gebru.