Google Offers TensorFlow AI systems to the US Department of Defense

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According to a Bloomberg report, U.S. defence secretary James Mattis had visited the Google HQ to meet with company officials to discuss the best ways to use AI, cloud computing and cybersecurity for the Pentagon.

The idea is to focus human efforts on sections of footage flagged for further analysis and avoid them having them having to wade through all the other hours of recorded material. Internal debates at the company are not only recurrent among employees but also on the high office as Google will continue to establish safeguard policies for military AI employment.

It's unclear whether Google has been involved in Project Maven since its inception, but at the Defense One Tech Summit last summer, Marine Corps Col. Military use of machine learning naturally raises valid concerns.

Google's TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense's (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July previous year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones.

The Department of Defense is using artificial intelligence from Google to help analyze video footage captured by military drones.

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Now, Google has stressed that its open-source AI program that is helping the drone AI is strictly for "non-offensive use" and that it will not help future USA drones with their long-range striking capabilities.

Google employees are reportedly not too happy with the fact that the company they work for is offering its resources for military surveillance. It involves the use of machine training. "We have long worked with government agencies to provide technology solutions".

Last fall, onetime Google C.E.O. and current Alphabet board member Eric Schmidt neatly summed up the ethical concerns of those in Silicon Valley about contributing to military initiatives. Drew Cukor, chief of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team, said at a defense tech summit a year ago. Drew Cukor said in a statement.

"There is no "black box" that delivers the AI system the government needs, at least not now", Colonel Cukor said. "Key elements have to be put together ... and the only way to do that is with commercial partners alongside us". However, DoD has not disclosed whether Google is the only private industry partner on Project Maven and the clarity of its role in the project.

"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.

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