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Google Plans Not To Renew its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Drone AI Imaging Program ( 59

Kate Konger, reporting for Gizmodo: Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for analyzing drone footage after its current contract expires. Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the decision at a meeting with employees Friday morning, three sources told Gizmodo. The current contract expires in 2019 and there will not be a follow-up contract, Greene said. The meeting, dubbed Weather Report, is a weekly update on Google Cloud's business. Google would not choose to pursue Maven today because the backlash has been terrible for the company, Greene said, adding that the decision was made at a time when Google was more aggressively pursuing military work. The company plans to unveil new ethical principles about its use of AI next week.
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Google Plans Not To Renew its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Drone AI Imaging Program

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  • be building SkyNet.

    Do a good job, and you really can get the Syrians out of Lebanon. :)

  • by decipher_saint ( 72686 ) on Friday June 01, 2018 @03:03PM (#56711642)

    ...which is all about drone-based AI assisted ... "package" ""delivery"".

    I mean... I GUESS you could use this Death Ray as a weapon - but it's for PEACEFUL purposes - I swear

  • Of course not (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Standard government (and business) practice when a program experiences any adverse PR: end it as soon as possible and start it up under a new name.

  • Homonym proper nouns are enfuriating. &angry-face;
  • Well I do not expect the Department of Defense to shrug, say "oh well..." and move along.

    They will find a new partner (maybe Yahoo! Imaging or even Facebook) that might not do as well. Then when the resulting (inferior) AI decides a school bus is really an armored personnel carrier... What could possibly go wrong?

    For a further example please refer to Apple maps.

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Friday June 01, 2018 @03:32PM (#56711788) Journal
    It used to be that DARPA and DOD hired ppl directly. Starting under reagan, we had the big push to move towards contracting which is now an economic nightmare. In addition, we really should have a number of scientists on-board working on various new tech.
  • Good (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Google hires people based on skin color and genitals, which leaves them with subpar engineers. I know several of them, they're fucking nuts. You don't want them working on anything important or that needs to actually get finished.

  • So they plan to deliver the software no later than end of 2019 where you click on some portrait image on the web, the AI will identify and locate the person's home based on social media and Google maps data, and then automatically launch a drone strike on that home. Testing will then commence with the critics of the project as guinea pigs.
  • by vlad30 ( 44644 ) on Friday June 01, 2018 @09:03PM (#56713340)
    Some other company will and maybe they won't be as moral as the google employees or maybe they will be more so however other countries/organisations are certainly doing this so who would you prefer to own that space.
  • irrelevant (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Karmashock ( 2415832 )

    google can do it or not... it won't change anything.

    its happening. If various corporate cultures want to special snowflake their way out of contracts that just leaves more opportunities for rival organizations.


  • Some may say this is an arbitrary line in the sand, or one that to inclusive, but it's admirable that they have the will to draw any line at all. If what Google and big tech companies promise comes true (i.e., general AI in the next 10-20 years), then this should be welcome news to anyone who wants to see AI help humankind and not hurt it.
  • My essay has gotten little attention: []
    Even things like this (not covered in the essay) has been hard to find more info about: []

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