March 06, 2018

Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Featuring Gregory C. Allen

Source: Gizmodo

Journalists Kate Conger, Dell Cameron

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement.

Google’s pilot project with the Defense Department’s Project Maven, an effort to identify objects in drone footage, has not been previously reported, but it was discussed widely within the company last week when information about the project was shared on an internal mailing list, according to sources who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the project.

Some Google employees were outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations, sources said, while others argued that the project raised important ethical questions about the development and use of machine learning.

Read the full article in Gizmodo.

  • Gregory C. Allen

    Adjunct Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Gregory C. Allen is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program. Mr. Allen focuses on the intersection of Artif...