Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a US military drone project, which has stirred concern among experts who think such cooperation is not ethical.
The Pentagon program is testing the internet giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) system to analyze vast amounts of footage captured by the US military’s unmanned surveillance planes around the world and to establish targets for drone strikes.
More 3,100 staff are thought to have signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company pulls out of pilot experiment, called Project Maven.
The program intends to help the Pentagon conduct more precise attacks by drones against targets in other countries, including Syria and Iraq.
“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” says the letter. It asks that Google announce a policy that it will not “ever build warfare…