Project Maven is meant to develop AI technology capable of automatically analysing military videos captured by drones and could potentially be used improve the precision of drone strikes, according to The New York Times.
At least some Google employees appear unhappy with their company's participation in a Pentagon initiative exploring the use of artificial intelligence techniques that could improve military drone weapons targeting.
Employees bring up Google's mantra of "don't be evil", noting that the project "will irreparably damage Google's brand and its ability to compete for talent".
While Google spokespeople have said that the company's involvement is "non-offensive" and that the technology "will not be used to launch weapons", employees are still concerned that once built, the Pentagon would be able to use this tech for whatever goal it chooses.
In his note, which was tweeted by Google's communications team, Pichai assured employees that the situation was now under control, and thanked first responders to the incident, as well as for the outpouring of support.
Emphasizing that Google should not be in the business of war, employees of Google have opposed "Project Maven", a project for the U.S. military.
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We can not outsource the moral responsibility of our technologies to third parties. Never jeopardies that. Ever. However, it was also stated that Google is now working on the development of policies for the proper use of AI technologies. The technology would be used to flag images captured by drones for human review.
"While this eliminates a narrow set of direct applications", the Google staff counter, "the technology is being built for the military, and once it's delivered it could easily be used to assist in these tasks". "Any military use of machine learning naturally raises valid concerns", the company said in an email.