Google employees opposed the aid of the Pentagon
Last month it was reported that Google offered its resources to the Ministry of Defense for a Maven project, a research initiative to develop a computer vision algorithms that can analyze video. In response, more than 3,100 Google employees have signed a letter calling on the Director General of Google Sundar Pichai to revise the company's participation because "Google should not interfere in military affairs."
The project Maven began in April of last year, and although the details of what will meet the Google, are not yet clear, it is obvious that the Pentagon is a research initiative aimed at improving the analysis of the survey with the help of drones. Google confirmed that it has granted access to their software TensorFlow open source software, which is used in applications of machine learning, which are able to understand the contents of the photos.
Google describes the operation of the Maven project as "not concerning the military actions," and Diane Greene, head of Google's cloud-based operations, which is included in the Alphabet Board of Directors, said that the technology will not be used to "control the drones" and "start-up weapons." But this is not enough for employees who signed the letter with an appeal to Pichai. "Although this excludes a small number of direct applications," the letter says, "technology is created for the military, and as soon as they get it, they can easily get it to work on these problems." Further, the letter calls on Google to withdraw from a Maven project and to establish and implement non-involvement policy in establishment of military technology. "This contract jeopardizes the reputation of Google, and directly contrary to our basic values. The creation of such technologies to assist the US government in military surveillance - and, possibly, death - is unacceptable. "
Other companies, such as Amazon and the Microsoft, also worked on projects in the field of defense technology, but Google employees who signed the letter, do not see anything good. "The unique history of the Google, its motto (" Do not be evil ") and immediate direct impact on the lives of billions of people puts the company in a way," they wrote in the letter. In the past, Google is very wary of military research. In 2013, she gave up the DARPA proposal after buying a number of robotics companies with ties to this agency.