Google rules out using AI for weapons or surveillance



Google will have a total of seven principles to guide their AI work and research. Though other tech companies haven't faced the same level of criticism over military contracts, Google's move could pressure other companies to make similar commitments. That being said, some employees had opposed the project and even quit in protest, however, the real issue was said to be a microcosm for anxiety in regards to AI at large and how the technology can and should be employed, reported TechCrunch.

Downplayed by Google as simply "low-res object identification using AI", many Google employees saw the potentially darker side of the technology. It did say that it will continue its governmental and military work in other areas, however.

'How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come.

It is unclear whether the principles posted yesterday rule out Google taking on contracts similar to Project Maven.

Google's employees saw something that wasn't right and did speak up.

We will incorporate our privacy principles in the development and use of our AI technologies.

One Googler told Gizmodo that the principles amounted to "a hollow PR statement".

Google released the guidelines soon after it said it would stop working with the military on the controversial Project Maven.

Google's new principles also say that it will not work on AI surveillance projects that will violate "internationally accepted norms" or projects that contravene "widely accepted principles of worldwide law and human rights". "The worldwide norms surrounding espionage, cyberoperations, mass information surveillance, and even drone surveillance are all contested and debated in the global sphere".

What this means for Google's bottomline is the potential loss of defense contracts.

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

For brevity, these are the seven headlines - though Pichai goes into more detail on all of them on the blog.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Green confirmed that the company will not seek to renew its government contract for Project Maven. Pichai's assertions about not using AI for surveillance also left something to be desired, Eckersley added.

Technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms.

Google now has made good on this promise, publishing its AI objectives on Thursday, which not surprisingly tried to put the company in a good light. Google will integrate the principles into existing product-review processes and plans to set up an internal review board to enforce the guidelines this year, according to a person familiar with the company.

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