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Google rethinks how it handles 'sensitive' employee exits after controversy over AI researcher's departure

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(CNN Business)Google plans to change its approach for handling how certain employees leave the company after finishing a months-long review of the abrupt and controversial departure of prominent Black artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru.

(CNN Business)Google plans to change its approach for handling how certain employees leave the company after finishing a months-long review of the abrupt and controversial departure of prominent Black artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru.

A pioneer in the research of bias and inequality in AI, she was also one of few Black employees at the company overall (3. 7% of Google employees are Black, according to the company's 2020 annual diversity report).

Dean wrote in an email to Google Research employees (which he also posted publicly) that the paper in question was not submitted for internal review far enough in advance of its deadline, and that it "didn't meet our bar for publication. "

In the memo on Friday, Dean said of Gebru's contentious exit that the company "could have and should have handled this situation with more sensitivity" and that he regrets that it led to some employees questioning whether they belong at Google.

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