Google employees, it seems, do not want the company to work for the Pentagon Project Maven, which involves using artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage. A protest letter addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai has already gotten the support of over 3100 employees. “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” the letter reads, as reported by The New York Times.
Last month, Google announced that it had joined hands with the Department of Defense on Project Maven. The project involves the use of an algorithm to analyze and read innumerable hours of videos and images shot from the drones. Project Maven is intended to capitalize on computer vision technology to identify objects and faces in digital images.
Google has been in the business of developing the technology meant for various purposes such as image search and photo labeling. And, the said technology could prove useful for the Pentagon also as the military is focused on grounding the terrorist group ISIS, hunting for targets in drone footage that bare eyes could miss.