Elon Musk fired the Twitter command for ethical AI
Twitter leadership reduced the group of artificial intelligence researchers who worked on transparency and justice of the social network algorithms. Wired writes about this.
According to the former director of the META Twitter department, Rumman Chuudkhuri, she fell under the mass reduction carried out by the new leadership.
A week earlier, she said that the group suspended work in connection with the upcoming acquisition of social networks by Ilon Mask.
“We were told unequivocally not to swing the boat,” Choedkhuri said.
She also said that her team conducted a new study of political bias, which could help Twitter and other social networks prevent unjust penalties for certain points of view.
Information about the dismissal of the entire team was confirmed by the senior manager of the META division, Joan Deichmann.
Yep, The Team Is Gone. The Team That Was Researching and Pushing for Algorithmic Transparency and Algorithmic Choice. The Team That Was Studying https://gagarin.news/news/bitcoin-bottom-not-reached-yet/ Algorithmic Amplification. The Team That Was Inventing and Building Ethical Ai Tooling and Methodologies. All that is gone.
– Joan Deitchman @JDEITCHMAN @Mastodon.Social (@joandeitchman) november 4, 2022
Former machine training specialist Christian Lam specified that the company reduced the “entire META team minus one”.
Twitter did not comment on the dismissal information.
The META team investigated the artificial intelligence algorithms for the bias and regularly published details about the discovered problems. The department also allowed third-party developers to analyze AI models to search for new errors.
In 2021, Twitter users drew attention to the algorithm for pruning photos, which most often identified faces with European appearance and young women. Soon, Meta described in detail the bias of the model and recommended to refuse to use it, giving preference to full -sized images in the tape.
The group also launched one of the first in the history of the contests of “bias”. This allowed third -party researchers to test the algorithm to solve other problems.
In October 2021, the Chuudkhuri team published an report on unintentional political prejudices. Researchers found that in fact, the right -wing sources of news were moving more than left.
About 3700 employees fell under the reduction, which is approximately half the state. The company offered the dismissed compensation in the amount of a three -month salary.
According to Bloomberg, some of the former employees were asked to return. The interlocutors of the publication claim that the company’s managers fired some employees “before management realized the irreplaceability of their experience for realizing new functions”.
Recall that in March Ilon Musk announced his intention to purchase Twitter.
In July, the businessman announced the termination of the transaction, accusing the social network of concealing data on fake accounts and the overestimation of the audience of the platform.
Twitter shareholders sued the mask due to the “chaotic process” of the company’s absorption.
In October, the billionaire closed a deal to buy a social network.
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