Two members of Google's now-defunct AI ethics council took the stage at the CognitionX AI conference in London on Wednesday.

Academics Joanna Bryson and De Kai were asked about what happened to the council, which was abruptly dissolved earlier this year following criticism of one of its members.

Bryson says Google's enormous global influence means it should be treated like a "world power."

She was joined by De Kai, a fellow former council member and AI expert at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The pair were speaking at a panel on governance and accountability in AI, and the moderator asked them to address the "elephant in the room."

The Google council was disbanded in April after criticism of the appointment of Kay Coles James, the head of a right-wing thinktank who been accused of anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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