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.