Apple snaps up ex-Google AI leader who quit in the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing

May 5, 2021 Off By OUHBsujLSQ

Apple has hired former Google AI scientist Samy Bengio, who resigned from the Big G following the controversial firing of ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. Bengio will lead a new AI research unit and report to fellow ex-Googler John Giannandrea, Reuters reports. In his role at Google, Bengio oversaw hundreds of workers and was a strong supporter of Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, who co-led the ethical AI teams before their terminations. Gebru was fired in December after a fallout with management over a research paper she co-authored on the risks of large-scale language models, which are used in many Google products. Mitchell…

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