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Google's Lack of Ethics in AI

The Puppet Master from Ghost in the Shell. The text in the subtitle reads "I am not an AI."

Google fired another woman working in AI, because she was using an algorithm to search her email to look for evidence of discrimination against the woman they fired before her.

From The Verge:

Mitchell’s firing comes one day after Google announced a reorganization to its AI teams working on ethics and fairness. Marian Croak, a vice president in the engineering organization, is now leading “a new center of expertise on responsible AI within Google Research,” according to a blog post.

Google's new nexus of expertise on responsible AI apparently includes firing someone who questioned their ethics after they fired one of the top AI scientists in the world who was working on ethics in AI. Maybe it's coincidental they're both women, but that sure looks a lot like gender discrimination. 

It's okay that Google uses algorithms to look at your email in order to learn things about you. Turn that around, and I tell you... it says something that Google gets really uptight when someone starts using math against them.

Ya know, you can stop using Google for everything. The only Google service I use anymore is YouTube. There are plenty of alternatives out there for Google Search alone. I recommend trying:

  • DuckDuckGo - A privacy focused search engine that doesn't collect or track your information.
  • Qwant - Did you know that the European Union heavily regulates, has heavily fined, and has almost zero trust in Google? Qwant is a search engine based in France and is the only EU based search engine with its own indexing engine.
  • Searx - An open source metasearch engine. Wanna get really geeky? You can download the software and set it up on your own servers. I use searx.xyz but you can find plenty of other instances, including some that work through Tor.