Marian Croak to oversee the AI research in Google
Google confirmed the name of Marian Croak, a VP of Engineering, to oversee research on responsible AI, where the dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated technologies known as AI. Croak has been among executives trying to broker a way forward between staff and management.
Google confirmed Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated technologies known as AI. Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru said in December that Google abruptly fired her for contesting company orders.
Croak, a vice president of engineering who will report to Google AI chief Jeff Dean, told employees in a meeting that she respected Gebru and that what happened to her was unfortunate.
In a video on Google’s blog, she also acknowledged dissent in the research areas now in her purview. “There’s quite a lot of conflict right now within the field, and it can be polarizing at times, and what I’d like to do is just have people have the conversation in a more diplomatic way,” she said.
The report further says, Croak, who previously was working on site reliability for Google, will also oversee teams doing research related to accessibility, social good and fairness in health algorithms.
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