“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology” says the letter, which is addressed to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.
In response to concerns raised, the head of Google’s cloud business, Diane Greene, assured employees that the technology would not be used to launch weapon. Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes. Google has confirmed that it is allowing the Pentagon to use some of its image recognition technologies. A spokeswoman for Google said that the tie-up involved the provision of software tools to let the US Department of Defense (DoD) make use of its TensorFlow machine learning code. “The models are based on unclassified data only. The technology is used to flag images for human review and is intended to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work,” Google sustains and for the instant we must believe in their words.