Google CEO Sundar Pichai finds himself in spot of bother. This comes after reports have come that he met Pentagon officials during his trip to Washington last week and probably discussed the controversial project “Project Maven”, the media reported.
According to a report in The Washington Post on 5 October, Pichai met “a group of civilian and military leaders mostly from the office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, the Defence Department directorate that oversees the Artificial Intelligence (AI) drone system known as ‘Project Maven'”.
Google did not make any comment on this report.
After facing backlash over its involvement in the Pentagon project “Maven”, Pichai in June emphasised that the company will not work on technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm.
About 4,000 Google employees had signed a petition demanding “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology”.
Following the anger, Google decided not to renew the project with the US Defence Department after it expires in 2019.
“We will not design or deploy AI in weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people,” Pichai had said.
We will not pursue AI in “technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms,” the Indian-born CEO added.