Timnit Gebru is an Ethiopian-born computer scientist
who works on algorithmic bias and data mining.
She is an advocate for diversity in technology and co-founder of Black in AI,
She is the founder of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR).
Gebru was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1983.
She fled the country with her family in 1991 during the Ethiopian Civil War.
They settled in Ireland, where Gebru attended school.
She then moved to the United States to attend Stanford University,
where she received a PhD in computer science in 2017.
After graduating from Stanford, Gebru worked as a research scientist at Apple and Microsoft.
In 2019, she joined Google as a research scientist on the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team.
In December 2020, Gebru was fired from Google after she raised concerns about the company's
handling of a research paper she had co-authored on the dangers of large language models.