Project "Maven" - Participation of Google in US drone assassination program

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Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones - Gizmodo - March 2018


Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement. ../.. Google’s pilot project with the Defense Department’s Project Maven, an effort to identify objects in drone footage, has not been previously reported, but it was discussed widely within the company last week when information about the project was shared on an internal mailing list, according to sources who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the project. Some Google employees were outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations, sources said, while others argued that the project raised important ethical questions about the development and use of machine learning. .../...

Schmidt, who stepped down as executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet last month, chairs [Pentagon's] Defense Innovation Board. "

Google’s AI is being used by US military drone programme - The Guardian - March 2018

"Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones. The initial intention is to have AI analyse the video, detect objects of interest and flag them for a human analyst to review."

Disaster for humanity - RT - April 2018

"Google own most of our data, and I don't want the Pentagon having my data."
"Permitting machines to determine who or what to target on the battlefield, points to numerous problems, including ethical and legal."

Thousands of Google Employees Protest Company's Involvement in Pentagon AI Drone Programe - Gizmodo - April 2018

"A Department of Defense partnership has drawn ire from the Google’s employees, and thousands have now signed a petition urging CEO Sundar Pichai to shut it down."
"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."