Google will reportedly not extend its controversial contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence (AI) work, after it prompted strong opposition in the technology giant’s workforce, who feared the program could be used for lethal purposes.
During a weekly meeting with employees on Friday, the chief executive of Google’s cloud-computing business Diane Greene said there would be no follow-up for the Pentagon contract when it expires in March 2018, The Washington Post cited company sources as saying.
Google, however, has not commented on the report and will not say whether it plans to stop working with the Pentagon altogether next year.
The 18-month project known as Project Maven, was launched in April 2017 to find ways the US military could use AI to update its national security and defense capabilities “over increasingly capable adversaries and competitors,” according to a defense department memo.
The program involves using…