A prominent Google (GOOGL) - Get Report artificial-intelligence researcher says she was fired over an email she authored expressing disappointment with management and the way a review of her research was handled internally.
Timnit Gebru, 37, who is Black, claimed in a tweet she was fired from Alphabet-owned Google for refusing to retract a research paper that said AI discriminates against darker-skinned people - and for complaining about the company in an email to colleagues.
The email itself, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, began with "Hi friends," and then proceeded to criticize her superiors, alleging among other things that Google executives quashed her research and ignored her feedback on issues like the proportion of female employees in the company.
Gebru also criticized Google over its approach to hiring minorities and not doing enough to stamp out biases in AI systems. Gebru, a renowned scientist and one of the few Black women in the field of artificial intelligence, had been co-head of the team at Google examining the ethical ramifications of AI.