Google staff resign in protest of continuing military collaboration

Google staff resign in protest of continuing military collaboration

After around 3,000 Google employees rebelled against Google's involvement in the Pentagon's Project Maven AI program, some employees have chose to quit in protest, according to a report.

Obviously, Google's employees weren't happy with the company's dirty dealings in warfare, with nearly 4,000 employees signing a petition asking Google to end its participation in Project Maven.

Google claims it is only providing open-source software to Project Maven, which means the military would be able to use the technology, even if Google didn't accept payment or offer technical assistance.

Researchers who are censorious of Google also posted an open letter concerning about Google offering the Pentagon with "open source "deep learning" technology" along with engineering expertise.

For those of you who don't know, Project Maven is an initiative by the US Department of Defence which aims to integrate the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the US military.

Under the terms of the partnership, which is Google's first in collaboration with the D.O.D.'s Project Maven, the tech giant is helping the government use machine learning to classify images captured by drones.

"At some point, I realised I could not in good faith recommend joining Google, knowing what I knew". It's meant to detect vehicles and objects, track their movements and report this information back to the Department of Defense.

Earlier this year, employees raised concerns to Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the company's involvement with Project Maven - a scheme involving the use of AI technology to interpret drone footage and improve strike accuracy. It has been deeply controversial within Google, with employees saying that it jeopardises trust and goes against the company's core beliefs.

"I tried to remind myself right that Google's decisions are not my decisions".

"Actions speak louder than words, and that's the standard I adhere to".

"I'm not personally responsible for everything that they do". "Google has moved into military work without subjecting itself to public debate or deliberation, either domestically or internationally". A Google spokesperson confirmed the partnership back in March, but said the technology was being used for "non-offensive uses only".

According to Gizmodo, Google still hasn't developed a policy document detailing safeguards around its use of machine learning.

The pressure from employees, however, seem to do little in swaying Google's intent in continuing its work on Project Maven and also being the lead contender for another Pentagon cloud computing contract called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI).



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