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Google employees demand company discontinue work on Pentagon drone video AI project

Google employees demand company discontinue work on Pentagon drone video AI project”

A lot has been made about the cultural differences between the government market and the private sector but generally it manifests itself in terms of business models, sales cycles and rules and regulations.

According to sources familiar with the letter of the leadership of Apple employees, it will be one of the 16 top managers of the company who report directly to Apple CEO Tim cook. In an October 2017 interview with MIT Technology Review, Giannandrea pushed back on Elon Musk's prediction that artificial intelligence could possibly lead mankind into a new world war.

Project Maven was first announced a year ago as an application of machine learning that would sift through data faster and get better intelligence-some of which will simply automate administrative tasks, but Google's AI contribution could also improve the system's ability analyze video and potentially be used to identify targets and civilians.

Launched in April 2017, Project Maven is a U.S. Department of Defense program created to "accelerate DoD's integration of big data and machine learning", according to the Pentagon. Maven is a Pentagon programme that uses AI to interpret drone footage in order to improve the accuracy of strikes, an endeavour many Google staff are unhappy to be associated with.

The New York Times reports that the number of employees voicing their objection to Google's collaboration has increased.

Google said in a statement Wednesday that its technology is meant for "non-offensive" purposes only, and that it was taking its employees' concerns into consideration.

In 2016, while forming the parent company Alphabet, Google replaced its "Don't be evil" motto with "Do the Right Thing".

It seems that Apple is counting on Giannandrea to give it a competitive edge against Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, which are all big hitters in the digital assistant game.

Helping build AI warfare technology will irreparably harm Google's brand and its technology industry reputation, workers say in letter to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence can increase the lethality of weapons but they also can save lives on the battlefield.



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