Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Google’s artificial intelligence chief departs

Google’s artificial intelligence chief departs

Li's been lead artificial intelligence and machine learning research at Google and announced the opening of Google AI's China center at the end of 2017, Google's first AI center in Asia.

Li will be succeeded by Andrew Moore, who will be departing his position as dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Li was instrumental in the establishment of an AI research lab in Beijing, as part of the firm's efforts to regain a foothold in China since it removed its search service eight years ago.

Greene added that the transition has been planned for some time, as Li had always meant to return to her job at Stanford.

Moore previously worked at Google between 2006 and 2014 and will be based in Pittsburgh. Controversy with Project Maven involved the AI team coming under fire for working with the Pentagon on AI and image recognition tech that could be used for drone strikes. "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. These plans have also sparked internal debate, and criticism by some USA politicians.

Google says the decision to replace Li with Moore was planned in advance and there is no indication that the Project Maven furore was a catalyst for her departure.

"We know that many of you need more flexibility than our APIs were designed for, but aren't yet ready to make use of the advanced tools like Tensor Flow and Cloud ML engine", Li said during the presentation. Many of these offerings built on Li's specialty in computer vision, giving machines the ability to recognise and process images at tremendous speed. She spearheaded the acquisition of Kaggle, a company that organises more than 2-million data scientists.

"Li will become an adviser to the company", Diane Greene, Chief Executive Officer of Google's Cloud Unit was quoted as saying by TNW.

Like this: