Google outlines their principles and objectives for using Artificial Intelligence

Google CEO bans autonomous weapons in new AI guidelines

Weeks after facing both internal and external blowback for its contract selling AI technology to the Pentagon for drone video analysis, Google on Thursday published a set of principles that explicitly states it will not design or deploy AI for "weapons or other technologies whose principal objective or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people".

While Google has stated it will not use its technology in the development of weapons, Pichai said they will continue to work with governments on other projects.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company won't stop working with the military entirely: It will still potentially work with the armed forces on areas including cybersecurity, recruitment and training, veterans' healthcare and search and rescue.

Some Google employees and outside critics cautiously welcomed the principles, although they voiced reservations, particularly about language that gives the company ample wiggle room in future decisions.

Google's Project Maven with the US Defence Department came under fire from company employees concerned about the direction it was taking the company. Several employees even resigned in protest, concerned that Google was aiding the development of autonomous weapons systems. The new guidelines come after weeks of internal turmoil as employees threatened to or did actually resign in opposition to agreements Google had made with the federal government to leverage their AI capabilities for the US military. The company said on Thursday that if the principles had existed earlier, Google would not have bid for Project Maven.

Be made available for uses that accord with these principles. Google and its big technology rivals have become leading sellers of AI tools, which enable computers to review large data sets to make predictions and identify patterns and anomalies faster than humans could.

The seven principles were drawn up to quell concern over Google's work on Project Maven, a Defense Department initiative to apply AI tools to drone footage.

No Google AI technology will ever be used as a weapon or for surveillance, the policy states.In addition, the company will refuse to develop any AI projects that will "cause or are likely to cause overall harm". Google seems to recognize the massive potential of AI technology, so it wants to start building systems with this framework in mind.

The United States military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclear-capable missile, as well as track and target mobile launchers in North Korea and elsewhere.

"Ultimately, how the company enacts these principles is what will matter more than statements such as this", Asaro said.

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