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Microsoft Lays Off Team That Taught Employees How to Make AI Tools Responsibly

Originally published in The Verge, March 13, 2023.

As the company accelerates its push into AI products, the ethics and society team is gone.

Microsoft laid off its entire ethics and society team within the artificial intelligence organization as part of recent layoffs that affected 10,000 employees across the company, Platformer has learned.

The move leaves Microsoft without a dedicated team to ensure its AI principles are closely tied to product design at a time when the company is leading the charge to make AI tools available to the mainstream, current and former employees said.

Microsoft still maintains an active Office of Responsible AI, which is tasked with creating rules and principles to govern the company’s AI initiatives. The company says its overall investment in responsibility work is increasing despite the recent layoffs.

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12 thoughts on “Microsoft Lays Off Team That Taught Employees How to Make AI Tools Responsibly

  1. The news that Microsoft has laid off the team responsible for teaching employees how to create AI tools responsibly is concerning. It highlights the need for companies like KDI, which specializes in Office Technology, to step up and provide training and guidance to ensure that AI is used ethically and responsibly. This is especially important as AI becomes increasingly integrated into our workplaces and daily lives. KDI can play a critical role in helping businesses navigate the ethical and practical challenges of AI adoption.

  2. Thank you. In its most recent round of layoffs in January, Microsoft let go of its ethics and society team, which was dedicated to ensuring ethical, responsible, and sustainable AI innovation. duck life


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