Google employees protest company's involvement with the Pentagon

Google CEO Sundat Pichai receives a letter 'Don't Be Evil'

Marcus Zallman
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A letter has been sent to the company CEO Sundat Pichai, signed by over 3000 google employee’s asking the company to terminate its involvement in Project Maven, a defence department drone surveillance program.

Last year in April, the US Department of Defense's Project Maven contracted Google to analyse vast data banks of video surveillance using TensorFlow, a artificial intelligence program developed by the Tech Giant.

Google's assistance in developing the artificial intelligence-powered system to detect vehicles and other objects betrays the company's motto of "Don't Be Evil."

A copy of the letter published in the New York Times said: “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war, and we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.”

Google is one of the leading companies in Artificial iIntelligence (AI) and machine learning, and paired with powerful computers, and data sets will begin to shape a new and potentially dangerous world.

The late Stephen Hawkins, and Elon Musk are opponents to the uncontrolled use and deployment of the tech, and they have warned that without strong ethical guidelines, humanity could face catastrophic consequences.