March 8: Gary Marcus, the head of AI Labs of Uber is stepping down four months after joining the position.
In December 2016, Uber acquired Geometric Intelligence, a project of Gary Marcus with his team of 15. Gary, soon after becoming part of Uber, started heading the artificial intelligence team of the company – AI Labs.
On Wednesday, Marcus posted an update on Facebook that he’d be working as a “Special Advisor” for Uber’s AI division.
Great news – I am headed back to my family in New York! I’ve negotiated a new role with Uber as Special Advisor for AI that gives me more flexibility. So proud of the Geometric team – it has been great working with them.
Marcus hasn’t told anything about stepping down as the head of the AI Labs. This wouldn’t be the first exits from Uber. Earlier, Ed Baker (Product Head), Raffi Krikorian (self-driving car engineer), and Charlie Miller (famous car hackers) also have left the company in the recent times.
In another news, Uber has stopped using ‘Greyball’, a tool previously used to dodge regulators. The tool was used in several countries to avoid Uber drivers being caught by authorities of their unauthorized access to provide services as a ride-hailing driver.
The company seems to be in trouble, especially a former employee published a post about sexual harassment in the company and no punishment system against it.
Bonus: Family Guy – Peter becomes an Uber driver!