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Google vs Maven

Accepted submission by looorg at 2018-03-08 17:41:06 from the im-sorry-dave-im-afraid-i-cant-do-that dept.

Google is selling the Pentagon some Machine Learning / AI training solution so their drones and sensors can pick out the good stuff from all the crap stuff being recorded by their massive surveillance apparatus on a daily basis. Most companies would probably be super pleased by selling something to a customer. Not the Google-employees. Apparently their solutions should only be used for "good", or not being evil or something and Pentagon is clearly "evil" in their eyes.

... concerns about collaborating with the Pentagon at a talk last fall. “There’s a general concern in the tech community of somehow the military-industrial complex using their stuff to kill people incorrectly,” (Eric Schmidt)

So there is a correct way to kill people with their technology? Is it thru massive amount of advertisements?

While Google says its involvement in Project Maven is not related to combat uses, the issue has still sparked concern among employees

So their software solution tags the "interesting" images and data that should be forwarded to a human analyst for decisions. But they are not involved in combat uses. Right. Who are they trying to fool? They provide the data but someone else makes the decision to drop the Hellfire but they are not involved in anything combat related?

Project Maven, a fast-moving Pentagon project also known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT)

The technology flags images for human review, and is for non-offensive uses only.

So Non-offensive drone warfare in a project that even has Warfare in the name. Sounds plausible ...

Are the employees at Google starting to become a problem for Google and their eventual bottom line with their political agendas? Are they getting in the way of doing actual work? When or if is there such a line? []

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