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Two of Google's Ethical AI Staffers Leave to Join Ousted Colleague’s Institute

  • Research scientist and software engineer resign on Wednesday
  • Gebru launched AI nonprofit research organization in December
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Google’s Ethical AI research group lost two more employees, adding to the turmoil at the unit studying an area that is vitally important to the technology giant’s business future and political standing.

Alex Hanna, a research scientist, and Dylan Baker, a software engineer, resigned from the Alphabet Inc. unit on Wednesday to join Timnit Gebru’s new nonprofit research institute, they said in an interview. The organization -- called DAIR, or Distributed AI Research -- launched in December with the goal of amplifying diverse points of view and preventing harm in artificial intelligence.