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Google Cloud-CEO Diane Greene announces that the Artificial Intelligence (AI) division will have a new leader. The current chief scientist, Fei-Fei Li, will stop working at the end of the year. She will be replaced by Andrew Moore, who is currently involved in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Li has held a high position within the AI division of Google Cloud since 2016, but will again hold a full-time position at Stanford University. There she will be in charge of the Stanford AI Lab, also known as SAIL. This laboratory conducts research into various AI applications, including computer vision, deep learning, natural language processing and robotics. However, Li is not leaving Google Cloud for good, she is going to play an advisory role within the organization.


Her successor is familiar with Google. Moore worked for the company from 2006 to 2014. At the time, he was setting up Google’s research centre in Pittsburgh. When Moore returns later this year, he will settle at this location again. According to Greene, the transition has been planned for some time. After all, Li would have always had the intention of returning to her duties at Stanford University.

Influence Li

Greene indicates that Li has already built a good team that has driven the adoption by developers and Google Cloud customers. For example, various AI options appeared under Li’s supervision, including AutoML. That feature automates the making of machine intelligence.

In her time at Google, Li was also involved in more controversial work, such as project Maven. Google stopped this AI project of the Pentagon, as employees protested. They wouldn’t participate in any software that might help the army with warfare.

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