Dr. Timnit Gebru Discusses Her Release from Google and Her Future Plans in the Tech IndustryJanuary 22, 2021
Outside the political scene and the virus pandemic, which are leaking havoc in the entire world, things are happening, and life is going on. New companies are forming while others are collapsing after failing to handle the challenges that 2020 has brought into the world. However, besides all the common aspects that everyone expects to be happening globally, it is obvious that everything has not been right in the last one year and 2021 does not promise anything better as it stands.
Among the significant challenges that people are dealing with in the world right now is unemployment. Millions of people have already been fired from their respective organizations due to the economic hardships currently facing such companies. However, some people have not been fired because of financial difficulties but because they have tried to challenge the status quo.
Meet Dr. Timnit Gebru
Recently, Google released a report that Dr. Timnit Gebru had submitted a letter of resignation from the artificial intelligence department. As a valued employee who had significantly contributed to the success of the organization, the company deeply regretted the letter of resignation, which was merely accepted.
However, according to Dr. Timnit Gebru, Google fired her because she challenged how the artificial intelligence department was structured, especially in matters representation. In her observation, there was an equal representation of all the people in the community. The company made minimal efforts to enhance diversity in the artificial intelligence department, which Dr. Timnit Gebru questioned, leading to her firing. In a recent interview, Gebru was interviewed on some critical aspects of the tech industry.
Alphabet Workers Union
Alphabet Workers Union is an essential topic in the technology industry where Google and Alphabet workers have joined hands with the hope of ensuring that they can work together to form a healthy body that can push for their rights as a group rather than fighting individual battles. In this topic, Dr. Timnit Gebru indicates that it has been long overdue for tech-based workers to join hands and push for equal employment and compensation opportunities. Working as a union gives employees the power they need to make decisions, which is not a possible aspect when one is fighting alone.
Legally, any employee who is removed from a position in the organization without following the due procedures is entitled to a compensation package. According to Dr. Timnit Gebru, she was removed from her position because she advocated for diversity in the company and this act did not follow the necessary rules that have been laid down by the department of labor, which means that she will soon be instructing her lawyers to push for severance in labor courts.
Working in another Company
Timnit Gebru is definitely one of the few people in the world who have unmatched experience in the tech industry. Before joining Google, she worked at both Microsoft and Apple, which are leading technology organizations in the world. However, Gebru is not trying to get into the job market as quickly because she has other plans involving diversity in the artificial intelligence industry and ethics in technology.