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Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias concerns


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"don't be evil, and get caught"

Can't say how google can defend themselves nowadays when they're selling personal info to marketers (in real time) so they can rip me off, and worse still block my way to cheap deals to force me to pay higher prices.

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The article paints this as a racial matter, having to mention, two times (in case you missed the first mention), that Gebru is black. Yet in the article it is apparent that Gebru and Google parted ways due to differences in opinion.

The problem with working for someone else is that to be paid, you have to do the job you are assigned to do. We are all required to do things we don’t enjoy doing, that is called “life.” If you don’t want to do what your employer wants you to do, find a new one, or become self-employed.

But even when you are self employed, you become the servant of your customers and clients. Once again, that is life.

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Gebru announced on Twitter she was fired. Google told employees she resigned.

She should have had more tact in how she communicated. Comments she made seemed to threaten other employees.

For its part Google’s decision makers ought have given her a chance to cool it, rather than rejecting her ultimatums and making out she had resigned immediately. Or simply fire her immediately if concerned about other employees.

More than 1,200 Google employees have signed on to an open letter calling the incident “unprecedented research censorship”

The research was published wasn’t it? How is that censorship? But the research didn’t go through normal Google processes, according to Google, and I haven’t seen that denied.

and faulting the company for racism and defensiveness.

If they were racist they wouldn’t have hired her in the first place.

Seems like she had gone a little rogue in the sense she thought she could do what she liked.

I am not sure what is wrong with “defensiveness”?

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Google needs to hire an "ombudsman"


An organizational ombudsman is a designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide independent, impartial, confidential and informal assistance to managers and employees, clients and/or other stakeholders of a corporation, university, non-governmental organization, governmental agency or other entity.

As an independent and neutral employee, the organizational ombudsman ideally should have no other role or duties. This is in order to maintain independence and neutrality, and to prevent real or perceived conflicts of interest.

Currently, the role is considered by some as a hallmark of an ethical organization and a key component of an integrated dispute resolution system, or complaint system. Sometimes referred to as the ultimate 'inside-outsider', an organizational Ombudsman adheres to professional standards strictly governing their confidentiality and neutrality.

The concept has been widely implemented, and has been spread around the globe, with many corporations, universities, government and non-government entities establishing organizational ombudsman programs.

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