Saturday June 02, 2018

Google to Scrub US Military Deal Protested by Employees

Following an internal revolt, Google will no longer pursue a deal to help the US military use AI to analyze drone video. More than 4,600 employees called for Google to cancel the deal, and at least 13 employees resigned, blaming the company for being in the business of war.

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The defense program, called Project Maven, set off a revolt inside Google, as factions of employees opposed Google technology being used in warfare. The dissidents said it clashed with the company’s stated principle of doing no harm and cited risks around using a nascent artificial intelligence technology in lethal situations.