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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:59AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @12:59AM (#679866)

    It's like a horse and a carriage. It's the world we live in.

    You may argue Google should spin out military tech outfits. That don't work. There is no clear line between civilian tech and military tech.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:14AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:14AM (#679871) []

    They are as likely to spin it out as I am to grow another ear on my forehead. The military is so far up them google can feel its hymen on the back of its teeth.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by frojack on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:38AM

      by frojack (1554) on Tuesday May 15 2018, @01:38AM (#679887) Journal

      TLDR; It had a difficult time getting to the point, but only because it really couldn't find any point to make.

      No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.