Google’s artificial intelligence chief departs

Google’s artificial intelligence guru Li Fei-Fei will be leaving the search giant and returning to her professorship at Stanford, Google Cloud’s CEO Diane Greene announced in a blog post Monday.


The respected AI researcher will be replaced by Carnegie Mellon University’s dean of computer science and former Google staffer, Andrew Moore.


Greene said Li’s departure was always planned, and added that Li will continue to serve as Google Cloud’s adviser for artificial intelligence and machine learning.


During her time with the search behemoth, Li ‘built a tremendous team and… innovated and [did] a remarkable job of accelerating the adoption of AI and ML by developers and Google Cloud customers,’ Greene wrote in the post. She was also part of Google’s move to open an AI lab in Beijing, China.


Li’s journey with Google hadn’t always been smooth sailing, though. 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.


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