Sundar Pitchai, Google CEO
We want to be clear that while we are not developing AI for use in weapons, we will continue our work with governments and the military in many other areas. These include cybersecurity, training, military recruitment, veterans’ healthcare, and search and rescue. These collaborations are important and we’ll actively look for more ways to augment the critical work of these organizations and keep service members and civilians safe.
To many it was a horribly shocking revelation, that Google has been working with Pentagon1 to develop military related AI, that not only resulted in a PR backlash but also a dozen of employees leaving the company2. Stealing our privacy and placing tracking cookies on our hard drives is one thing, making an AI that possibly can get us laid to rest for good is quite another. 😐
In the wake of the PR disaster, it’s a bit relieving to see them setting the ‘principles’ for themselves moving forward. However they are going to work with ‘military’ in many ‘other areas’ regardless of that., that honestly still does not settle well with me.