Google announced that it will ban its AI technology weaponization
The Alphabet division said on Thursday that the company will ban its AI (artificial intelligence) software from being used for weapons or unreasonable surveillance measures, which means that the company began to establish standards for its business decisions in this emerging business area. This new restriction may help Google management quell protests by thousands of employees over the past few months. They oppose the company’s cooperation with the U.S. military to identify objects in UAV video.
Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO, said in a blog post on Thursday that the company will seek to obtain other contracts from the U.S. government, including contracts related to cybersecurity, recruitment of recruits, and search and rescue operations. He said: “We want to be clear that while we are not developing AI for use in weapons, we will continue our work with governments and the military in many other areas.”
Breakthroughs in advanced computer costs and performance have led AI technology to move from research laboratories to industries such as defense and healthcare, and Google and other large technology companies have become leaders in the nascent business of selling AI tools. This technology allows computers to access large data sets to make predictions and find patterns and anomalies faster than humans. However, the AI system may lead to the use of precision drones that professional soldiers would not like to sigh or find dissidents through a large-scale collection of information exchange on the line, which led to academic ethicists and Google employees.
Google said that the company will not seek to develop AI applications designed to bring about physical harm, or applications related to surveillance activities that are “violated from internationally-recognized human rights norms,” or “compared with possible benefits.”