As per the latest reports, one of Google’s well-known researchers has made a shocking announcement for the company itself. The researcher is a member of Brain, which is Google’s research group. The sources have revealed that the name of the researcher is Samy Bengio.
According to reports, Samy Bengio has made it official that he is resigning from his post at Google on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
If Bengio leaves Google, he will be Google’s highest-ranked official to have left the company. The resignation from Bengio follows the recent controversial terminal of a prominent AI researcher at Google, Timnit Gebru.
Timnit Gebru was reportedly the ethics researcher at Google and as per her, she was abruptly fired by the Google executives. She claimed that she was terminated after she had requested the Google executives to provide clarity on the retracted papers.
In the resignation email, Bengio stated that it was one of the most difficult decisions that he has ever made in his life. He added that he has now decided that he will no longer be working at Google and will go onto pursue exciting and promising opportunities.
In his resignation email, he also added that it is indeed very difficult for him to leave his colleagues. He had one of the best working experiences working as a team at Google and it will be too difficult for him to forget about his teammates.
As per sources, Bengio added in the email that his last working day at Brain (Google) will be April 28, 2021.
Bengio stated that for several months he had been looking after the team that was previously under Gebru. However, he did not know that she had been fired/terminated by the Google executives. He also expressed his concern that he was not even notified by the Google executives that Gebru had been terminated.
Samy Bengio’s LinkedIn profile shows that he has been working at Google since 2007 and has worked on several remarkable projects during his tenure at Google.
One of the media sources revealed that Samy Bengio was very supportive of Timnit Gebru. Bengio was seen sharing his thoughts about Gebru’s termination through his Facebook post. He stated that he is with Gebru and even his entire team supports Gebru on this abrupt decision.
He also added that his entire team was concerned and shocked when they came to know about Gebru getting fired from Google.
Before being fired abruptly by Google, Gebru had worked as one of the leads for the Ethical AI Team. Her team was responsible for data mining and worked on algorithmic bias.
She had also founded a community titled “Black in AI”, which is a community of black researchers.