Friday, 17 August, 2018

Google Workers Resign Over Project Maven AI Project For US Defense Department

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Laurie Berry | 15 May, 2018, 19:43

Several Google employees have resigned in protest over the company's involvement in a U.S. military pilot programme known as Project Maven, Gizmodo reported.

Google's role has been to provide AI smarts to allow drone footage to be classified and tagged, thus making it easier to identify certain objects and people - some of whom would be, therefore, potential targets.

The tech news website says "about a dozen" staff working on the project are believed to have walked out, citing concerns ranging from the ethics of the AI programme to the search engine giant's political stance.

Historically, Google has promoted an open culture that encourages employees to challenge and debate product decisions. This week more than 200 professors, scientists, and academics signed an open letter to protest Google's participation in Project Maven alleging that the technology could be weaponized.

The pressure from employees, however, seem to do little in swaying Google's intent in continuing its work on Project Maven and also being the lead contender for another Pentagon cloud computing contract called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI).

"The DoD contracts under consideration by Google, and similar contracts already in place at Microsoft and Amazon, signal a unsafe alliance between the private tech industry, now in possession of vast quantities of sensitive personal data collected from people across the globe, and one country's military", the letter reports. "I realised if I can't recommend people join here, then why am I still here?" a resigning Google employee told Gizmodo. With the building controversy, it will be interesting to see if Google back down from the project, or whether we will see a mass exodus of employees.

Other companies such as IBM and Amazon have refused to work with the Department of Defense, so it's interesting that Google is failing to take its employees' concerns onboard.

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"I'm not personally responsible for everything that they do".

Google has defended their work and in a statement made last month, the company said, "The technology is used to flag images for human review and is meant to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work".

What's your take on Google working with the government to use AI for military purposes? "We're actively discussing this important topic internally and with others as we continue to develop policies and safeguards around the development and use of our machine learning technologies".

Others expressed concerns at Google's political moves, like its sponsorship of the Conservative Political Action Conference and its struggle to address internal diversity concerns.

Google has offered no official response to the petition or the resignations.

"Actions speak louder than words, and that's a standard I hold myself to as well", a resigning employee said.

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