Google Decided to Shut Down its Ethics Board

Google Finally Decided to Shut Down Their Ethics Board

Overseas Google’s artificial intelligence set up its independent group, but it shut down after a fortnight of its launch. ATEAC (The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council) has a responsibility to look at the ethics around Artificial Intelligence, facial recognition, and machine learning. Moreover, one member of the council resigned until now, and there was another chance for another member to removed. The tragedy raised the questions that either the organizations should create such bodies. It is now clear for Google that ATEAC cannot perform in the present environment as they required.

Furthermore, Google stated that they are terminating the council and moving back towards the drawing board. They will continue to be responsible in their work on the crucial issues that Artificial Intelligence raises. Hence they will find various ways of getting outside ideas on these topics. Kay Coles James is the president of conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation and on his appointment there had an outcry. Many employees of Google signed the petition for the removal of James as those employees defined it as anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant and anti-trans in their comments.

Prof Alessandro Acquisti, a board member, resigned at the weekend and said on his Twitter account that as he keen to research grappling with fundamental issues of rights, fairness, and inclusion in Artificial Intelligence. In addition, he tweeted that he doesn’t think that that is the right environment for him to engage in this essential work. At the Massachusetts Institute of tech, during a conference, the panel announced and decided to meet about four times in this present year.

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Among eight members of the panel, one of them Joanna Bryson who is a professor at Bath University tweeted that she is angry at the decision of Google to pull the plug. Also, she said in a tweet that she thought there were enough active people at Google that there must be few processes for either improving or communicating the decisions. However, she was wrong, and those people right who called her naïve.

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