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Google engineers quit after the company fired its star AI ethics researcher

Two Google engineers have quit the company over the firing of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, whose controversial termination in December sparked an internal backlash about ethics and diversity. David Baker, who led the engineering team for Google Trust and Safety, said he was resigning after more than 16 years because Gebru’s departure had “extinguished [his] desire to continue as a Googler.” Software engineer Vinesh Kannan has also left the company. He tweeted that Google’s treatment of Gebru and diversity recruiter Abril Christina Curley “had crossed a personal red line.” Yesterday was my last day at Google. I left because Google’s mistreatment of…

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