Microsoft lays off its team responsible for ensuring responsible AI

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Microsoft just laid off the entire ethics and society team within its artificial intelligence (AI) department as part of its plan announced back in January to lay off 10,000 employees, according to a report by Platformer.

As a result of this move, the Redmond tech giant no longer has a team to ensure that its AI principles are closely tied to product design. However, the company still maintains an active Office of Responsible AI department that creates rules and principles to govern its AI initiatives. And despite the recent layoffs, Microsoft says that it is continuing to invest in responsible AI.