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posted by janrinok on Monday May 14 2018, @11:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the courage-of-their-convictions dept.

Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

It's been nearly three months since many Google employees—and the public—learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, about a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest over the company's continued involvement in Maven.

[...] The employees who are resigning in protest, several of whom discussed their decision to leave with Gizmodo, say that executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers' objections than they once did. In the case of Maven, Google is helping the Defense Department implement machine learning to classify images gathered by drones. But some employees believe humans, not algorithms, should be responsible for this sensitive and potentially lethal work—and that Google shouldn't be involved in military work at all.

Previously: Google vs Maven
Google Employees on Pentagon AI Algorithms: "Google Should Not be in the Business of War"


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:37AM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:37AM (#679847)

    Whatever happened to "Don't be evil"?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_be_evil [wikipedia.org]
    Seems that Google is moving ever so quietly from being a force for good in the world to something altogether different.
    Another company that is letting the almighty dollar corrupt it's values.

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by jmorris on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:52AM (6 children)

    by jmorris (4844) on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:52AM (#679856)

    They have been openly Evil pretty much since before they made that their motto. It is a confirmation of Day's three Laws of SJWs.

    1. SJWs Always Lie
    2. SJWs Always Double Down
    3. SJWs Always Project

    Announcing "Don't Be Evil" was what we call a "tell." A rapacious entity trying to suck in the world's information and everyone's personal information to grind it up in AI algos to sell to advertisers trying to reassure their users that they will somehow rape their assholes in a "non-evil" way because they are such enlightened and progressive people. Anyone who didn't realize Google had designed itself from the start to be evil wasn't paying attention. All Brin and Page needed was white cats and a volcano lair to be Bond villains... and who knows, they might have both.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:10AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:10AM (#679868)

      'Don't be evil' was just 'dont be microsoft'

      They did that perfectly. However, money corrupts. Even people with 'morals' are always for sale.

      It is like the old joke.
      A man walks up to an absolutely stunning looking woman.
      "Madam would you sleep with me for 1 million dollars"
      She mulls it over and says.
      "Yes I would"
      "How about 5 bucks"
      "What sort of woman do you think I am?!!!!"
      "We have already established that Ma'am I figured at this point we were just negotiating over price"

      Would people be lining up to work at google if it paid 20k a year and did not look good on ye ol resume? Probably not.

      They sacrificed Facebook to the altar of public opinion. What does everyone think Google a company much bigger than them is doing with all that information? A fellow I know recently asked "What would you pay for facebook services without the ads and info scrapping?" I answered "nothing I would not use it" "yeah that is the answer I get from most people" "shows what everyone really thinks of those services doesnt it?" "they are valued at nothing?" "yep".

      • (Score: 1, Troll) by realDonaldTrump on Tuesday May 15 2018, @02:39AM (1 child)

        by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Tuesday May 15 2018, @02:39AM (#679913) Homepage Journal

        The folks at Facebook are making money hand over fist. Amazing Q1 report, TREMENDOUS growth in revenue & earnings. They were a big help to my campaign. They helped me win big, now they're winning big. Think about it! foxbusiness.com/markets/3-new-must-see-quotes-from-facebook-inc-ceo-mark-zuckerberg [foxbusiness.com]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @03:30AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @03:30AM (#679923)

          Phew! Zuckerfuck got through hazing. I was a little worried, but he did fine. The CIA is very popular these days, especially with tech companies.

          Once we have a war going, we're guaranteed to have plenty of pussified little mama's boys looking to join the army (due to chocolate rations being raised so much), become real men instead of failures, and get laid.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:39AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:39AM (#679888)

      Apparently you don't have to be a SJW to double down on stupidity.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:55AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:55AM (#679896)

      1. SJWs Always Lie
      2. SJWs Always Double Down
      3. SJWs Always Project

      SJW sure is a funny acronym for right-wing extremist.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @03:33AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @03:33AM (#679924)

        Right-wing extremist, meet left-wing extremist. You've got so much in common!

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by simonInOz on Tuesday May 15 2018, @10:46AM

    by simonInOz (2173) on Tuesday May 15 2018, @10:46AM (#680003)

    I think they have shortened the motto by one word.

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