Google Won't Renew AI Project With Pentagon

06 June, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Google reportedly not renewing contract for Project Maven drone program

Google, meanwhile, defended its work on Project Maven, with senior executives noting that the contract is of relatively little value and that its contribution amounts merely to providing the Defense Department with open-source software.

During a weekly meeting with employees on Friday, Google Cloud chief Diane Greene said that the company was backing away from its AI work with the military, The New York Times reported on Friday citing a person familiar with the discussion.

Google plans to discontinue a project through which it has been helping the U.S. military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage.

Google had faced backlash from employees over it's involvement in Maven, an artificial itelligence (AI)-powered US Defence Department project.

After one month, around twelve Google representatives have chosen to leave as a type of challenge over Google's proceeded with support in the military venture known as Project Maven. In April, more than 3,000 Google employees pushed back against the project, signing a petition calling for the company to end its work with the Pentagon.

Google would not choose to pursue Maven today because the backlash has been bad for the company, Greene said, adding that the decision was made at a time when Google was more aggressively pursuing military work. The company's staff, on the other hand, rallied against the idea of company research being used to develop warfare technology.

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"I am incredibly happy about this decision, and have a deep respect for the many people who worked and risked to make it happen".

As Gizmodo detailed, "The employees who are resigning in protest ... say that executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers' objections than they once did".

However this email has shown that the contract is a lot bigger and far more lucrative than Google made it out to be. Google was reported of working on a set of guidelines that could see the ban on use of AI in warfare.

"What about using artificial intelligence to power robots that defuse bombs or IEDs?"

But Google has also been facing outside pressure.



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