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Google is Restructuring its AI Teams, But it Needs to be Focusing on its Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Google has been investing a lot of its focus into artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the past few years, but it’s falling short on the management level to bring its ideas to fruition. The company claims to be “advancing AI for everyone,” yet it can’t seem to get the diversity and inclusion aspect of this down. “At its heart, AI is computer programming that learns and adapts. It can’t solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post . “At Google, we use AI to make products more useful—from email that’s spam-free and easier to compose , to a digital assistant you can speak to naturally , to photos that pop the fun stuff out for you to enjoy.” Despite its seemingly good intentions to break more into AI, Google employees have been very critical about the company’s AI investments from the start. Back in June 2018, according to Forbes, more than 3,000 employees signed a petition in protest against...

Michelai Graham

Feb 24, 2021

Spotify's 'Work From Anywhere' Could Be The Blueprint For How Employers View The Future of Work

Spotify is changing the way their employees work from home. With stay-at-home orders and quarantine still in place for coming up on a year, the streaming giant held a media roundtable to discuss how they’re implementing new strategies for their Spotifiers (current employees). Work From Anywhere is a distributed-first mentality that will give employees the opportunity to elect whether they’d prefer to work mostly at home or in the office — called their Work Mode — along with their geographic location. Employees will be allowed to choose between an Office Mix or Home Mix every 12 months. “As part of our ongoing Dynamic Workplace effort, Spotify is reevaluating its office spaces across the globe for increased sustainability, flexibility, and wellbeing to ensure that all of our employees, regardless of ability, situation or how often they come into the office, can do so comfortably and efficiently,” the company shared with AfroTech.”Work From Anywhere will benefit workplace culture and...

Shanique Yates

Feb 12, 2021