Human capital: Dr. Timnit Gebru says Google's memo is "dehumanizing".


Welcome back to Human Capital where I break down the latest developments in diversity, equity and inclusion, and working in technology. This week, Twitter released its latest diversity report and Tesla released its first. In the meantime, Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized for Dr. Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher in the ethics of artificial intelligence.

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Google's Sundar Pichai will investigate events leading up to Dr. Timnit Gebru

Given the departure of artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru, from Google last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to employees, received from AxiosThe company would "investigate the circumstances that led to Dr. Gebru & # 39; s departure and where we could have improved and had a more respectful process".

In Pichai's memo, he said the company "must take responsibility for a prominent black female executive with immense talent who left Google unhappy". He also noted that it had a "ripple effect" from underrepresented communities on Google.

In response, Gebru said on Twitter that she had not seen any accountability plans. Instead, she said she saw "another gas light". In an interview with Venture Beat, Gebru said Pichai's memo was "dehumanizing" and made her "sound like an angry black woman".

They paint me as this angry black woman because they take you to this terrible workplace and when you talk about it you become a problem and then they start talking about de-escalation strategies.

If you write e-mails, they will be ignored. They write documents and they are ignored. Then you discuss how it's done and then they talk about you like you're like an angry black woman who needs to be held back.

According to Project Diane, more black women and Latinas are starting startups

Since 2018, the number of black women and Latina founders has doubled from 334 startups to over 650. according to project Diane. These women have also raised more money than in 2018, but they are still raising less than the national average.

This year, the founders of Black Women and Latina raised $ 3.1 billion, up from just $ 1 billion in 2018. Still, the median starting round for black women is $ 125,000 and for Latina founders it is $ 200,000 , while the national seed capital round is $ 2.5 million.

Tesla eventually released a diversity report

Tesla has published its first diversity reportThis shows that the US company is 34% whites, 22% Hispanic, 10% black, 21% Asians, and 7% “additional groups”. These glitches aren't bad, but it's worth noting that Tesla employs many of these people in its factories notoriously problematic and have been the subject of allegations of racism and discrimination.

At the executive level, Tesla is 59% white, 25% Asian, 4% black, and 4% Spanish. Only 1% of people in management positions come from “additional groups”.

Meanwhile, Tesla's gender diversity is objectively bad. Men make up 79% of the total Tesla workplace and 83% of executives in the United States.

Twitter shows a slight improvement in the latest diversity report

Twitter has released its latest quarterly diversity report This shows an increase in the representation of women, blacks, Latinx and multiracial employees across the company. In addition, the representation of women and blacks at management level increased. Despite these gains, Twitter is still 56.7% male and 41% white.

Uber wants drivers and delivery drivers to have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Via CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent a letter To all 50 governors calling for them to prioritize the vaccine as essential workers to drivers and delivery drivers. In the letter, Khosrowshahi argues that the work of drivers and deliverers has become essential. That's why Uber wants them to get the vaccine "quickly, easily, and for free," he wrote in the letter. In addition, Uber has offered to share information about the vaccine and encourage those who are eligible to vaccinate.

Apple was reportedly involved in violating China's labor laws

Three former Apple Supplier Responsibility employees recently the company said Did nothing when its suppliers violated the Temporary Employment Act in China. According to this law, no more than 10% of the employees in a factory may be contract workers. According to The Information, Apple did not take action because it was concerned about spikes in costs, consumption of resources, and product launch delays.