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Google Revamps AI Teams in Wake of Researcher’s Departure

  • Company seeks to stabilize department amid internal rancor
  • Responsible AI teams to be centralized under single executive
Marian Croak
Marian CroakPhotographer: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
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Google restructured its responsible artificial intelligence efforts to centralize teams under a single executive, Marian Croak, a move by the internet giant to stabilize groups working on ethics research and products after months of chaos.

Croak, a vice president of engineering, will be the Lead for the Responsible AI Research and Engineering Center of Expertise, she said in a YouTube video announcing her appointment Thursday. The Alphabet Inc. unit has sought to defuse employee rancor stemming from the acrimonious departure of a prominent Black researcher, Timnit Gebru. Croak, a Black Google executive who is currently focused on site-reliability matters, will report to Jeff Dean, the senior vice president of Google AI.