Google dissolve ATEAC amidst growing controversies

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Google is one of the most developed companies when it comes to Artificial Intelligence. It has introduced some of the technologies which are beyond our imagination. Sometimes those technologies are exciting and sometimes scary, currently, tech companies are operating on a thin line between those two emotions. A couple of years ago, Google introduced duplex to the world. The first reaction of the tech geeks was amazing but a moment later everyone was scared of the same.

There had to be something that saw over this technology growing out of hands. There had to be a committee which said stop whenever it was too much tech. Google had also thought of this and resided an in-house council which saw over the features which had no policies outside of the tech world. The company had to mark the entry of such a council so that there was someone above invention.

This committee also checked the box for technologies such as Face Id and on the lines of this. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was the name of the council. It was formed on 26th of March this year and the news portal Vox was covering the developments ever since. Recently, Vox reported that this council has been dissolved days after coming into play. The council had many controversial personalities on the panel.

There were reports that one of the members was quoted saying insulting things to the transsexual people. There were also protests and a petition was signed by the employees of Google which asked the removal of the person quoted from the council. There was another agenda which asked for the removal of an exec of a drone company which had given rise to a debate of Google’s AI used by the military.

Google’s representative also commented on the same but remained anonymous. The person talked about how ATEAC was not functioning as the company wanted to and gave rise to unnecessary controversies. And that was the reason for the company to discontinue the council and go back to the drawing board to see what went wrong.

“It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted. So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board,” a source close to ET told the news portal.

The initiative was a much needed one but the execution was not up to the mark. The company will need to rethink the entire idea of a council so that they could form something like this which will turn out to be a better version of ATEAC.

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