Google disbands AI ethics board after one week of existence

Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

The AI ethics board was supposed to oversee Google's Artificial Intelligence efforts and make sure it is all done while obeying ethical guidelines. More than 2,300 Google staffers have now signed a letter calling for her removal over claims James is "vocally anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-immigrant".

However, the company made a decision to end the whole project after a group of Google employees began to protest the appointment of conservative think tank president Kay Cole James to the council.

Google today disclosed that it has dissolved a short-lived, external advisory board created to monitor its use of artificial intelligence, following a week of controversy regarding the company's selection of members. In response, Google has said that it is "going back the drawing board" and is ending the council.

The council had run into controversy over two of its members, according to online news portal Vox, which first reported the dissolution of the council.

On Thursday, Google said it was dissolving a council it had formed on March 26 to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

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Shortly after Google announced the council, Carnegie Mellon University professor Alessandro Acquisti said he was declining an invitation to join the group.

Ten days might seem like a strangely short time for a council of this type to last, but the ATEAC was mired in controversy nearly from minute one. "We'll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics", said the unnamed spokesperson to Vox.

A second board member, Dyan Gibbens, who runs a drone company caused suspicion amongst the community following previous concerns over Google's involvement in bidding for military contracts.

The project was codenamed Project Maven, and Google's decision to withdraw came after internal pressure from Google staff, some of whom had resigned over the matter. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.

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