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Alphabet's Schmidt Says AI Good for Defense as Googlers Disagree

  • AI will be useful for defense, offense, former Google CEO says
  • Employee letter argued Google shouldn’t be in business of war
A technician inspects the fuel tank on the wing of a fighter jet. 

Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg

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Thousands of Google employees recently demanded an end to deals that let the military use the company’s artificial intelligence technology. Eric Schmidt, Google’s former chief executive officer and a director of parent Alphabet Inc., disagrees.

At a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Schmidt gave a strong endorsement of the Pentagon’s proposal for a new AI center and its collaboration with technology companies.