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Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center

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Dec 2, 2021

In Tom Simonite’s most recent WIRED piece, he outlines the next step for the former Google researcher Timnit Gebru as she continues to work towards promoting more ethical and responsible AI: the Distributed Artifical Intelligence Research (DAIR) Center. This institute is a project of the nonprofit Code for Science and Society, but will move towards becoming a nonprofit in its own right in the near future. 
“Instead of fighting from the inside, I want to show a model for an independent institution with a different set of incentive structures,” Ms. Gebru states about her new project. Moving away from the corporate world, which continues to struggle towards a comprehensive AI risk and accountability framework, Gebru hopes to better understand the influences artificial intelligence has on society. Through this process, she intends to promote more responsible development and deployment of AI systems throughout industries.

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