Who is Margaret Mitchell?
Margaret Mitchell is an AI researcher who was reportedly fired by Google after an investigation into why she allegedly downloaded thousands of internal documents and shared them with people outside of the company. Mitchell announced the news on her Twitter on Friday, simply writing: ‘I’m fired.’
Google had been investigating Mitchell after she reportedly used automated scripts to look through her messages to find examples showing discriminatory treatment of Timnit Gebru – another former employee in the AI team, who was fired last year, Axios reported.
For the second time in three months, Google has fired a prominent woman researcher on ethics in artificial intelligence. Following Timnit Gebru’s departure in December, Margaret Mitchell says she has been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain https://t.co/br5F2mv2U0
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Google announced on Friday it is changing its research and diversity policies, as well as employee exits from the company, after completing its investigation into the firing of Gebru, Axios reported. The tech company has decided to tie the pay of certain executives to diversity and inclusivity goals, streamline its process for publishing research and enact new processes for handling the exits of potentially sensitive employees.