Google employees and critics protest Eric Schmidt’s keynote at Stanford AI conference

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A Stanford University artificial intelligence conference invited former Google CEO and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt to give a keynote speech next month. But a group of academics, activists, and current Google employees are urging organizers to reconsider the decision — citing Schmidt’s acceptance of censorship in China and his handling of sexual misconduct allegations at Google, among other controversies.

Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) announced Schmidt as one of several keynote speakers at the upcoming AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance conference. This weekend, former Google scientist Jack Poulson delivered an open letter to Stanford. “There have recently been serious and credible inquiries into…

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