Google to abandon Project Maven after government contract ends

Google will not seek to extend its contract next year with the US Department of Defense for artificial intelligence used to analyse drone video, squashing a controversial alliance that had raised alarms over the technological build-up between Silicon Valley and the military.

The sources claim that Greene explained the company's decision a bit, saying that it had chose to work with the Defense Department at a time when it was heavily pursuing government contracts.

Internal emails reviewed by Gizmodo show that Google executives "viewed Project Maven as a golden opportunity" to win other AI contracts, including those pertaining to the military and U.S. intelligence groups. She said that the current contract expires in 2019 and won't be renewed, according to the report. The system is called Maven, and a new report's surfaced suggesting that Google's made a decision to cease its involvement with it.

In April up to 4,000 Google employees signed an open letter saying that by its involvement in the project the internet giant was putting users' trust at risk, as well as ignoring its "moral and ethical responsibility".

Targets acquired: As first reported by Gizmodo, Google has been supplying technology and know-how to the United States military for automating the analysis of drone footage.

An internal petition calling for Google to stay out of "the business of war" garnered thousands of signatures, and some workers reportedly quit to protest a collaboration with the military. A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about Greene's comments.

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"I think we should do a good PR on the story of DoD collaborating with GCP from a vanilla cloud technology angle (storage, network, security, etc.), but avoid at COSTS any mention or implication of AI", Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist for AI at Google Cloud, wrote in an email on September 24, 2017.

We've reached out to Google and The Pentagon for more information.

Wow. Kudos to all the Google employees who forced the company's hand on this.

The Times obtained an email from Li, warning Google colleagues that publicising its work on Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

"We value all of our relationships with academic institutions and commercial companies involved with Project Maven", Harris said.

Pichai spoke to employees last week and said that the company wanted to develop principles that "stood the test of time". Additionally, e-mails showed the project was initially worth $15 million, but the budget could grow to be as high as $250 million.

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