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As Google unveils a $25 million plan to focus its AI on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the company’s new ‘tech and society’ czar says firing an ethics researcher from the IA was “unhappy”

As Google unveils a $25 million plan to focus its AI on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the company’s new ‘tech and society’ czar says firing an ethics researcher from the IA was “unhappy”

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James Manyika, a senior Google executive tasked with weighing the impact of the company's technology on society, has a delicate load to balance with AI AI planning and trying to overcome previous controversies, including the dismissal by Google of one of the leading AI ethics researchers in 2020. "I think it's unfortunate that Timnit Gebru ended up leaving Google under those circumstances, you know, maybe it could have been handled differently," he said, referring to the researcher, who was at one of the few black women in the business at the time. research center. Manyika was not working at Google when the company fired Gebru. Google hired him in January for a new role as senior vice president of technology and society, reporting directly to Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai....