Saturday, June 16, 2018

Google Will Not Renew Pentagon Contract That Upset Employees


Google, hoping to head off a rebellion by employees upset that the technology they were working on could be used for lethal purposes, will not renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work when a current deal expires next year, reports The New York Times.

Diane Greene, who is the head of the Google Cloud business that won a contract with the Pentagon’s Project Maven, said during a weekly meeting with employees on Friday that the company was backing away from its A.I. work with the military, according to NYT.

NYT notes:
The internal dissent over Maven stands in contrast to Google’s biggest competitors for selling cloud-computing services — and Microsoft — which have aggressively pursued Pentagon contracts without pushback from their employees.

1 comment:

  1. This just means Google will sell their technology to a foreign government. You're a fool if you think they'll just stop researching AI or how to profit from it.