Google staffers re­sist Pen­tagon work

The Week (US) - - 20 News -

Sev­eral thou­sand Google em­ploy­ees have signed a let­ter protest­ing the com­pany’s work for the Pen­tagon, said Scott Shane and Daisuke Wak­abayashi in The New York Times. The Google staffers say they ve­he­mently ob­ject to the com­pany’s in­volve­ment in a Pen­tagon pro­gram, code-named Project Maven, that re­lies on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence “to in­ter­pret video im­agery and could be used to im­prove the tar­get­ing of drone strikes.” The let­ter, which is ad­dressed to Google CEO Sun­dar Pichai, has so far ac­cu­mu­lated more than 3,100 sig­na­tures. “We be­lieve that Google should not be in the busi­ness of war,” it states. Alexa to pay for gas at a sta­tion via voice.” Ama­zon has also pitched re­tail com­pa­nies on us­ing Alexa to fa­cil­i­tate in-store cus­tomer pay­ments. That move wasn’t warmly re­ceived, how­ever, since many re­tail­ers “have long viewed Ama­zon as a rev­enue-sap­ping ri­val.”

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