Google partners up with Pentagon for drone AI project

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Gizmodo identified the drone initiative involved as being Project Maven - a scheme announced last July to use computer algorithms to identify objects of concern from "massive amounts of moving or still imagery".

The project was launched previous year, with U.S. officials saying it was to "accelerate [Department of Defence's] integration of big data and machine learning".

The Google spokesperson added: "The technology flags images for human review, and is for non-offensive uses only". "We're actively discussing this important topic internally and with others as we continue to develop policies and safeguards around the development and use of our machine learning technologies", a Google spokesperson told ZDNet. As noted by the co-author of a report on the use of artificial intelligence in the army Greg Allen (Greg Allen), the military learned to collect information, but did not care about the technologies for data analysis.

Google's artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the United States military for one of its drone projects, causing controversy both inside and outside the company.

Naturally, the use of AI in the military raises concerns about how it could be used unethically and end up killing the wrong people. However, the machine-learning assistance is most definitely not about facilitating the raining down of Hellfire missiles upon hapless humans, Google said. Drew Cukor, said the Pentagon would be looking for "commercial partners" to work on its tech.

It's unclear what specifically Google is providing outside of APIs, and the company states that its contributions are non-offensive in nature.

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Mr Schmidt is a head of the Defence Innovation Advisory Board in the USA, which brings together prominent figures from Silicon Valley to "enhance the Defence Department's culture, organisation and processes". Months after Project Maven was announced, its leader, Col.

Eric Schmidt stepped down as the executive chairman of Alphabet in December 2017. Like it or not, a private-public AI partnership with the military was more a matter of "when" than "if".

"There is no "black box" that delivers the AI system the government needs, at least not now".

The project concerns a technology called Maven, which is created to automatically recognize objects.

"Similar to other DOD programs, Project Maven does not comment on the specifics of contract details, including the names and identities of program contractors and subcontractors", the spokesperson said.