Google's former head of search and AI is joining Apple

Google's former head of search and AI is joining Apple

The letter also urges Pichai to establish and enforce a policy to keep the company completely out of "warfare technology".

The letter calls on Mr. Pichai to cancel the project immediately and adopt a policy officially forbidding the company and its contractors from building "warfare technology".

While Google spokespeople have said that the company's involvement is "non-offensive" and that the technology "will not be used to launch weapons", employees are still concerned that once built, the Pentagon would be able to use this tech for whatever goal it chooses.

It was recently reported that Google will lend AI TensorFlow programming kits to the Pentagon's Project Maven, which reportedly did not go down well with Google employees, who have signed the petition. The news comes a day after he announced his exit from Google, reports The New York Times.

Google's statement acknowledged the importance of employees engaging in discussions on Google's involvement in military projects.

The existence of the system was revealed in early March this year, with Google grudgingly confirming that the DoD system was indeed using its TensorFlow technology. "This plan will irreparably damage Google's brand..."

Apple has fallen behind giants like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook in AI and its implementations in technologies like understanding voice commands or identifying people in images. Google's unique history, its motto Don't Be Evil, and its direct reach into the lives of billions of users set it apart.

According to a report by ArsTechnica, Project Maven, is essentially a research initiative to develop computer vision algorithms that can analyze drone footage. The company has said all it is doing is helping the Pentagon with technology that can better flag drone images for human review.

"That's good for users, but it means it has less detailed data for training its AI models than the other players". At the time, the military described it as an effort to collect "actionable" intelligence faster with help from machine learning. Dean is now head of the Google Brain, the company's research unit on AI and machine learning, and a well-known expert in the field itself.



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