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Google Staff AI Revolt Jeopardizes Pentagon Cloud Deals

  • Company won’t pursue ‘similar’ deals to controversial Maven
  • Google in running for two other DOD contracts worth $18 bln
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On Friday afternoon, an email went out to more than 4,000 Google employees who had signed a petition to cancel a company contract with the Pentagon. It was celebratory.

"Today was big," began the email, which was viewed by Bloomberg News. That morning, Google cloud chief Diane Greene said the company wouldn’t renew a contract with Project Maven, a Defense Department program that uses artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage. She also said Google "will not pursue similar DoD contracts," according to the email, which was authored by one of the protesting employees.