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Google Reorganizes AI Teams After Months of Turmoil

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Google on Thursday (February 18) said it is restructuring its teams that focus on the development of artificial intelligence, a shake-up that follows months of turmoil after the departure of a prominent AI researcher at the company. 

The new team, called the Responsible AI Research and Engineering Center of Expertise, will be led by Marian Croak, a vice president of engineering at the tech giant.

The reorganization comes as Google faces blowback over the exit of Timnit Gebru, who co-led Google's Ethical AI group.

"There's quite a lot of conflict right now within the field, and it can be polarizing at times," Croak said in a video and blog post announcing the news. "And what I'd like to do is have people have the conversation in a more diplomatic way, perhaps, than we're having it now, so we can truly advance this field."

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