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Google Sidelines Second Artificial Intelligence Researcher (1)

Jan. 21, 2021, 1:59 AM

Google locked out artificial intelligence researcher Margaret Mitchell from its corporate systems, making her the second outspoken critic at the company to be sidelined. Mitchell was a vocal supporter of her colleague Timnit Gebru, who departed under acrimonious circumstances last month.

Mitchell leads Alphabet Inc.’s Ethical AI unit, which is responsible for developing the company’s technology in a socially responsible manner. Gebru tweeted on Tuesday that Mitchell’s “corp access is now locked” and that the researcher had been told she would remain locked out “for at least a few days.”

Mitchell didn’t respond to a request for comment. A...

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