Amazon boss and owner of space company Blue Origin Jeff Bezos is not planning to withdraw from potentially lucrative (but controversial) defense contracts any time soon.
On Monday at Wired 25 event in San Francisco, Bezos "We will continue to support the DoD and I think we should do it."
His comments come after Google had stated that it would no longer offer a 10 billion dollar contract with the Pentagon for its grounds that the contract was contrary to the company's principles on the ethical use of artificial intelligence technologies stands. Amazon, along with companies such as IBM and Oracle, still offer on the contract.
Bezos & # 39; comments come after Blue Origin received a US Air Force contract for unspecified "NSS" missions, the company said last week.
Bezos acknowledged that some "people are in conflict", which refers to technology companies that develop state-of-the-art technologies that could be controversial. Some Amazon employees, for example, are said to have asked Bezos to cease selling facial recognition services to various law enforcement agencies in the US
One of the hallmarks of being a great leader, Bezos said, "is to make the right decision, even if it's unpopular. "
Bezos believes that the US is" going into trouble "when tech companies do not work with the government in terms of military and national security technology.
"This is a great country," Bezos said. "It has to be defended."
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Regarding Blue Origin, Bezos said the space company is the most important thing I'm working on right now, but I'm not going to live to see it all work. "In the meantime, he is" hopeful "that the aerospace company will launch a rocket in 201
" I tell the team that it's not a race "I want this to be the safest spacecraft in spacecraft history."
But the Amazon and Blue Origin are not the only Bezos efforts Bezos and others are building a $ 42-million The clock's purpose is to inspire people to think long term for the good of humanity Bezos said he believes "strongly in symbols and they change thinking."