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What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru
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What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

In April 1998, two Stanford grad students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin presented an algorithm called PageRank at a conference in Australia. A month later, war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea, setting off…

Twitter’s Photo Crop Algorithm Favors White Faces and Women
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Twitter’s Photo Crop Algorithm Favors White Faces and Women

Last fall, Canadian student Colin Madland noticed that Twitter’s automatic cropping algorithm continually selected his face—not his darker-skinned colleague—from photos of the pair to display in tweets. The episode ignited accusations of bias as a…

Black and Queer AI Groups Say They’ll Spurn Google Funding
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Black and Queer AI Groups Say They’ll Spurn Google Funding

Three groups focused on increasing diversity in artificial intelligence say they will no longer take funding from Google. In a joint statement released Monday, Black in AI, Queer in AI, and Widening NLP said they…