Blake Lemoine: Google fires engineer who said AI tech has feelings (BBC)

BBC: Blake Lemoine: Google fires engineer who said AI tech has feelings. “Last month, Blake Lemoine went public with his theory that Google’s language technology is sentient and should therefore have its ‘wants’ respected. Google, plus several AI experts, denied the claims and on Friday the company confirmed he had been sacked.”

BBC: United Airlines to fire staff who refuse vaccine

BBC: United Airlines to fire staff who refuse vaccine. “Nearly 600 United Airlines employees face being fired after failing to comply with the firm’s Covid-19 vaccination policy. The vast majority of its 67,000 US staff have supplied proof of vaccination, which was required by Monday.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Fires Researcher Meg Mitchell, Escalating AI Saga

BNN Bloomberg: Google Fires Researcher Meg Mitchell, Escalating AI Saga. “Google fired the lead of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, Meg Mitchell, escalating the turmoil surrounding its AI division after the acrimonious exit of Mitchell’s former colleague Timnit Gebru.”