“The closer the research started getting to search and ads, the more resistance there was. Those are the oldest and most entrenched organizations with the most power.”
– A Google employee with experience of the company’s research review process on the rejection of Timnit Gebru
’s critique of natural language models (“On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots
”) that ultimately led to her firing. Writer Tom Simonite
traces the career of the former Google Ethical AI researcher and pieces together what really
happened when the company forced her out.