Busted: Google Caught in “Terminator” Pentagon Project

'Not in the business of war': Google employees urge company to abandon Pentagon AI project

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Editor’s note:  Google, though “Idea Groups” and “Jigsaw” has been tied to gassing civilians in Syria and now looks to be a primary partner with MI6 and the Mossad in hacking the US election and hanging the blame on Russia. The “Zuck-fool” at “AssBook” is nothing more than one of the thousands of toads we deal with every day.

Washington and London are populated with them. This creepy little story is far from an expose, just more lazy reporting.  And so it goes:

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Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter urging the tech giant not to work on a US government surveillance engine which could use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting of drone strikes.

“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled and that Google draft, publicize, and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology,” reads the letter which was published by the New York Times on Tuesday.

It goes on to describe Project Maven as a “customized AI (artificial intelligence) surveillance engine that uses ‘wide area motion imagery’ data captured by US government drones to detect vehicles and other objects, track their motions and provide results to the Department of Defense.”


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It states that although Google Board of Directors member Diane Greene previously told staff that the technology would not be used to operate or fly drones or to launch weapons, it could still be used to assist in such tasks.

The letter also cites the “growing fears of biased and weaponized AI,” while stating that Google is “already struggling to keep the public’s trust.”

“This contract puts Google’s reputation at risk and stands in direct opposition to our core values. Building this technology to assist the US government in military surveillance – and potentially lethal outcomes – is not acceptable,” it says.

Marine Corps Col. Drew Cukor, who is part of the US government team working on Project Maven, said it “focuses on computer vision – an aspect of machine learning and deep learning – that autonomously extracts objects of interest from moving or still imagery.” He added that the only way to develop an AI system to fit the needs of the government is to have “commercial partners” working alongside Pentagon officials.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Main reason for all these “sudden reversal” is, those morons finally realize in order for AI to be most effective, the AI has to be absolutely neutral, in short there will be no “choseness” Sure took them long enough to figure that out

  2. To expect anything less from Google is naive at best. At the least it is reasonable to question the origination, the roots of Google, Facebook, and some maybe others. Are there technical connections to DARPA or early financial ties to the CIA. MI6 or the MOSSAD? These are fair questions. When thousands of employees cosign a letter such as described here one can presume a change is in order, a return to the Corporate Mission Statement. If none are forth coming then the presumption of collusion between a State and Google is just about verified. The force with which Google entered the market place, its’ quick ascension to the top is very unusual in any business climate. Even Ford Motor Co. had it’s General Motors to contend with. Where is Googles General Motors Inc.?

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