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Google announced Thursday night that the company will be dissolving an artificial intelligence ethics panel following internal backlash from employees who criticized one of the board’s conservative members.
The company’s decision came after employees complained about Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James’ position on the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). More than 1,000 “Googlers” signed a petition Monday claiming Coles James’ supposedly anti-immigrant positions run contrary to Google’s ethics. The board survived for slightly more than a week.
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“It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted. So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board,” a Google representative said in a press statement to Vox, which first reported the company’s decision to disband the panel.
Things started falling apart for the panel after board member Alessandro Acquisti resigned March 30.
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