Google won’t renew Pentagon contract to Use AI

Google won’t renew Pentagon contract to Use AI

Google workers have got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the USA military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video following an outcry from staff, according to reports.

Google decided not to renew a controversial AI contract with the Pentagon after receiving backlash from its employees, reports say.

Google, which declined to comment, has faced widespread public backlash and employee resignations for helping develop technological tools that could aid in war-fighting. "And there will be no follow-on to Maven", Dianne Greene, Head of Cloud Business at Alphabet Google, told Cloud Division staff on Friday.

Since the project was announced in March, about 4,000 Google employees have signed a petition demanding clearer policy that "neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology", with dozens more staff resigning altogether in protest.

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According to a variety of different reports, naming sources from the Google cloud team, Greene told employees that the tech giant would end its participation in Project Maven next year.

Diane Greene, the chief executive of Google's cloud business spoke out about the contract saying that it was "only" for $9 million a relatively minor project for such a large company. "Partnering with the best universities and commercial companies in the world will help preserve the United States' critical lead in artificial intelligence", Harris said.

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. The company's decision to join hands with the U.S. military had caused a lot of uproar in the social media and many employees had resigned due to this.

However this email has shown that the contract is a lot bigger and far more lucrative than Google made it out to be. Now with the Center for American Security, Work said that Google's cave to upset employees could dissuade other tech companies from using their skills to save lives on the battlefield. "That would seem like things employees of Google might be proud to do".

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