Google says it won't work with Defense Department on developing AI weapons
Google after a lot of internal discussion, we can talk about how the discussion goes on and so I Google.
Has the side tell me that is correct, it's gonna bid on the defense department Cloud computing project Jedi.
And you have to crunch track with department of defence with thing will project may have been use to AI.
And the military, and you're not gonna renew that there.
Talk about that.
What lead to that, you know, maybe you can tell me whether you call it a reversal or not.
But what lead to, you know, Google's decision really to looks like back away from using AI in defense work.
Look, I mean, maybe a few clarifications.
We do, do work for the military.
Obviously, we deeply respect what they do to protect our country.
We cherish, as Google we have values, as a society we cherish our values, but we can enjoy that because of the way our country is defended and so I do wanna say we deeply respect the military and we are working with them on a set of projects, and we are gonna continue to do on a set of projects which we are qualified to do so in areas like cyber security or even logistics, transportation planning etcetera.
The only area where we are being more deliberate about is Where AI gets used with autonomous weaponry, AI and weaponry.
And that's why I gave the, it's not just a concern of employees.
If you talk to senior researchers working in the field, in the AI community, there's just worries about when you're so early with the powerful technology.
How do you thoughtfully work your way through it and that's why I gave the biology example.
I think the parallel holds true here that we are thoughtful about it.
But I think we are committed to, with the Jedi contract it is more of a wholesale contract.
We don't have all of the certifications, but I think over time there will be opportunities for us to work with the military on many things and And you can also imagine as a consumer company on many aspects.
We are not the best qualified company to do it in certain projects.
But we are definitely gonna be thoughtful about how we think about it.
How much was the voice of your employees a factor in this?
Throughout Google's Our history we have given our employees a lot of voice and say in it.
But we don't run the company by holding referendums.
It's an important input.
We take it seriously.
But even on this particular issue, it's not just what the employee said, it's more, also the debate within the AI community around, you know, how you pursue work in this area.
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