Google's AI Cloud Star Leaves After Pentagon Deal Protests

AI guru Fei Fei Li set to leave Google this year

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Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, will fill Li's shoes and join as head of the unit at the end of 2018, according to a Google Cloud announcement Monday.

The China-born Li also attracted controversy among employees and USA politicians as she led Google's move to open a research lab for artificial intelligence in Beijing. In the meantime, he will hold an advisory position at Google Cloud AI. In internal e-mails, Li praised the contract but cautioned colleagues to avoid mentioning the AI component of the deal for fear that the public would latch onto concern about "weaponised" AI.

Google LLC's artificial intelligence unit is getting ready for a transition with the news that Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist of AI at Google Cloud and a Stanford University professor, is stepping down from the role at the end of the year. "This is red meat to the media to find all ways to damage Google", Li wrote in an e-mail reported by The New York Times.

CEO of Google Cloud, Diane Greene, said that Li's team has "innovated and done a remarkable job of accelerating the adoption of AI and ML [machine learning] by developers and Google Cloud customers".

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"Google says the move to replace Li with Moore was planned in advance", the report quoted the tech giant as saying, thus, rubbishing rumours of the firm's involvement in "Project Maven" was the cause of Li's departure". You probably heard Elon Musk and his comment about AI causing WW3.

Google said its Cloud AI group "aims to democratize AI by making it easy, fast, and useful". Google said everything is moving according to plan. In August, Bogomil Balkansky, Google's VP of cloud recruiting solutions and someone who had worked with Greene for years, left the company.

Google's AI department is considered among the best in the world.

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