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The Google Military AI project has more to offer than we were told



Google, a company whose motto used to be "do not be angry," has recently questioned its ethics because it insisted on developing AI for the Pentagon. If you're one of many people who do not understand why the Mountain View company runs the risk of reputational damage, then you're not alone.

It's not the money. According to a report by Gizmodo Google receives around $ 9 million. Sure, for most of us that would mean a lifetime, but let's not forget that Google is worth almost a trillion dollars. It can afford to skip a project that does not live up to its ethical standards.

And it's certainly not the prestige, you do not hear many experts calling on big tech companies to get deeper into the military. 1

9659002] Google's involvement in Project Maven, which is little more than using TensorFlow to build AI for sorting old shared drone shots, remains a mystery.

The defense that uses the project is limited to "non-offensive" smacks the useless "weapons kills people" argument. Besides the particular concern in this situation is that the military will develop an AI that does not need human guidance to kill people, so our concern is that AI will kill and kill people. Whether it uses weapons, bombs, lasers or robotic kung-fu does not matter.

TensorFlow is an open source platform. It depresses the imagination that the Pentagon has no staff that could execute a simple image processing project without the help of Google engineers. Actually, I'll come right out and say it: it's a bunch of open-end wrenches.

In the past, as an information systems engineer with the US Navy, I worked with both military and civilian computer specialists at the Pentagon and worked with others who were assigned to the Pentagon but outside. I believe the US military is more than qualified to handle its own TensorFlow issues.

It feels like a situation where we do not have all the facts.

Government works with private companies all the time This is nothing new. It's probably safe to say that most people, with the exception of some extremists, are not angry, that Google has the audacity to work with the military. Instead, the outrage is over the fact that both entities decide to go on without responding to any of our fears.

Project Maven's purpose has been somewhat darkened in the wave of coverage he has received. It is not a project dedicated to the search of drone material – this was just his first mission. It was originally called Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team. It's not a one-shot deal relying on Google's help, but the Mountain View company is part of some earlier tests to determine how far the government can adapt private AI for military purposes.

Credit: The Department of Defense