The DoD is using TensorFlow to analyze drone footage in order to "extract objects from massive amounts of moving or still imagery", which Gizmodo reports angered Google employees who found out about Google's involvement throughdue to information shared in an internal mailing list.
The project named "Project Maven", also known as the "Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT)" started in April of a year ago with a mission to "accelerate DoD's integration of big data and machine learning". According to Gizmodo, the collaboration is being widely discussed within the company after it emerged from Google's internal mailing list that it was indeed working with the U.S. defence department.
Move fast and break things?: In a statement, the DoD acknowledged that military use of this technology could raise some concerns, but rest assured: it is now "for non-offensive uses only". "We're actively discussing this important topic internally and with others as we continue to develop policies and safeguards around the development and use of our machine learning technologies", the spokesperson emphasized.
GOOGLE MACHINE LEARNING TECH is being used by the USA military to create an artificial intelligence (AI) system to makes sense of footage captured by drones.
The DoD revealed last summer that Project Maven, which launched in April, would aim to "deploy computer algorithms to war zones" by the end of the year. This partnership will work under the Pentagon's Project Maven. For Google, the collaboration could come with an added boon: a chance to position its cloud business as a viable competitor to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure as it eyes the federal government as a client.
Mr Schmidt is a head of the Defence Innovation Advisory Board in the United States, which brings together prominent figures from Silicon Valley to "enhance the Defence Department's culture, organisation and processes". During a July meeting, Schmidt and other members of the Defence Innovation Board discussed the Department of Defence's need to create a clearinghouse for training data that could be used to enhance the military's AI capability.
"People and computers will work symbiotically to increase the ability of weapon systems to detect objects", Marine Corps Col. The DoD's press release only noted that it was "working with industry" on the project and did not name any particular company.
"There is no "black box" that delivers the AI system the government needs, at least not now".
But a Google spokesperson attempted to alleviate such concerns with the search giant's involvement in Project Maven.