Employee Backlash Against Google Prompts Company to Let Its AI Contract with the Pentagon Expire

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Google gave in to employee demands after dozens of them quit and close to 4,000 signed a petition demanding that the tech giant cancel its contract with the Pentagon to build artificial intelligence (AI) technology for weapons and that it implement “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.”

Google announced it won’t renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work months after the project became public in light of employee protests.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene told employees about the decision to let the contract expire Friday, Gizmodo reported. In March, the news blog revealed the controversial work in a report.

Google provided AI technology to the U.S. Department of Defense to hasten analysis of drone footage by automatically interpreting video images in a program called Project Maven. The contract for the work will expire in 2019.

About 4,000 Google employees asked the technology giant to cancel the contract in a signed petition. The petition also demanded the company implement “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology,” the New York Times reported. Dozens of Google employees resigned in protest over the Pentagon contract, Gizmodo reported.

Other tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft have pursued Pentagon contracts without backlash, the Times reported.

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Chris
Chris
2 years ago

FYI: Google will continue profiteering from warfare. They just won’t tell their slaves.

WAR IS THE BIGGEST BUSINESS ON EARTH.
ALWAYS WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

Do you think these criminal will quit making their living the only way they know how?? Honestly … for goodness’ sake!