As the world's largest military adopts artificial intelligence, Google says it will no longer be involved.
The Silicon Valley tech giant announced principles of AI on Thursday, saying it would not pursue weapons or other technologies whose primary purpose is to cause harm. He also said he will not look for surveillance technologies that violate international standards. And it will not look for artificial intelligence technologies that violate human rights.
Google has suffered a recent reaction from employees due to their participation in a United States Air Force project that used drones to automatically identify objects with the company's technology. Critics said the program was a step towards fully autonomous weapons, which hunt targets and decide to kill without human supervision. Google will not renew the contract when it finishes.
"How AI develops and uses will have a significant impact on society for many more years," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. "As a leader in artificial intelligence, we feel a great responsibility to do this well."
Google will continue to work with military and governments in other areas, such as cybersecurity, training, recruiting, and veterans medical care.
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Artificial intelligence has become a hot topic for armies around the world after China's announcement in 2017 that it will be the leader World in AI by 2030.
Spring The Pentagon launched its first national defense strategy in a decade. He stressed the importance of artificial intelligence technologies to win the wars of the future.
"We are seeing a world in transition where measures for power are changing," Paul Scharre, author of the book Army of None and director of the Center for a New American Security, told CNN. "Traditionally, the military has pointed out how many ships, planes or ground troops they have, as power measures, but that will change, what can matter most is how many robotic vehicles, or how many drones at sea, or in the air or software within all these systems. "
The US Army UU He had looked to Silicon Valley to help him stay ahead of the adversaries. But now the Pentagon will have to concentrate outside of Google, which has many of the best artificial intelligence researchers in the world.
Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China
"Dear Googlers, that demand that work related to defense be outside the limits of the company: if the technicians of previous generations thought Like you, we would be living in the world of 'The man in the castle', "Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science at the University of Washington, recently wrote, referring to the Amazon program with an alternative ending to the Second World War.
Google's decision was widely hailed by those calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, where AI is a critical technology.
"The campaign to stop Killer Robots welcomes the promise of Google," Global Coordinator Mary Wareham told CNN. "Governments must pay attention to this last expression of concern and begin to negotiate a new international law to retain significant human control over weapons systems."
CNNMoney (Washington) First publication on June 7, 2018: 6:07 PM ET
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