Google Hit by Wave of Resignations over Controversial Pentagon Project

Google Hit by Wave of Resignations over Controversial Pentagon Project

However, growing pressure from employees, it seems, had little impact on the decision of the Google company continues its work on Maven and is considered one of the leading contenders for the other major contract for cloud computing in the Pentagon: joint security infrastructure of enterprises.

Lilly Irani wasn't all-together surprised to see Google, her former employer, caught up in a controversy over management's decision to participate in Project Maven, a military program that critics say could help improve the accuracy of drone missile strikes.

So much so that nearly 4,000 employees have reportedly signed an internal petition asking Google to end its participation in Project Maven, saying the project "will irreparably damage Google's brand and its ability to compete for talent".

An early Google employee for four years before leaving to go to grad school in 2007, Irani says she knows that good people work at Google; people interested in making the world a better place.

Over the last couple of months, I've been less and less impressed with the response and the way people's concerns are being treated and listened to. Employees claim that the search giant has been less transparent with employees and is less concerned with the employees and staffers resignation.

Project Maven specifically seeks to tap computer vision technology to analyze countless hours of aerial drone footage for anything human eyes might have missed. Members include experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, worldwide relations, security, ethics, and law. It was the second meeting, which was also attended by Google vice president, Milo Medin, and Google's former boss, Eric Schmidt.

"With Project Maven, Google becomes implicated in the questionable practice of targeted killings".

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"We believe that Google should not be in the business of war", the open letter from Google employees stated. In April that over 3,000 Google employees signed the petition.

However, Google has reportedly held a number of sessions with employees featuring speakers both for and against Google's contract on Project Maven. The protest, which throws light on the Silicon Valley companies deploying data and technology, has forced an action from Pichai. The article provides further details about the minor mutiny at Google.

The letter continued: "Google has moved into military work without subjecting itself to public debate or deliberation, either domestically or internationally".

However, Google's involvement in the effort has triggered resistance within company ranks. Rivals, on the other hand, are also exploring opportunities to cut deals with the government.

The internal pushback at Google has occurred against the backdrop of a wider, and increasingly complex, conversation in the technology industry about relationships with governments.

The open letter, which has almost reached 300 signatures at the time of writing, was started by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a non-governmental organization co-founded by researchers anxious about autonomous weapons. Let us know what you think in the comments!

More than 90 academics and researchers have joined the chorus of criticism, signing an open letter on Monday against Google's part in weaponizing AI.

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