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The Military-Tech-CIA Complex: Google Employees Protest

According to the New York Times,

Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes.

The letter, which is circulating inside Google and has garnered more than 3,100 signatures, reflects a culture clash between Silicon Valley and the federal government that is likely to intensify as cutting-edge artificial intelligence is increasingly employed for military purposes.

(Read the text of the letter.)

“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” says the letter, addressed to Sundar Pichai, the company’s chief executive. It asks that Google pull out of Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program, and announce a policy that it will not “ever build warfare technology.”

Yasha Levine writes, “It’s great that Google employees are protesting their company’s Pentagon AI drone research, but that’s hardly the only work Google does for militaries and law enforcement. What about Google’s work with predictive policing contractors? What about the NSA?” and links to this blog about Google’s history of helping the warmongers in Washington.

John Vibes of the Free Thought Project writes that Google CEO Eric Schmidt and VP Milo Medin are members of the “Defense (sic) Innovation Advisory Board” for the Pentacon, and other members also include the evil “Internet-infiltrator” guy Cass Sunstein, and Jeff Bezos. So not just Google but Amazon too? We already knew that Amazon was helping the CIA in its evil misdeeds.

The Military-Tech-CIA-Complex is alive and well. So while it’s good that Google employees are protesting, they will do what their superiors tell them to do, and that is helping military and CIA to continue provoking foreigners retaliation to justify further ballooning CIA and military budgets (as we have just seen recently with Trump’s budget).

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