Google CEO Sundar pichai says its won't use AI for
Google pledged not to use its powerful artificial intelligence for weapons, illegal surveillance and technologies that cause “overall harm.” But the company said it will keep working with the military in other areas, giving its cloud business the chance to pursue future lucrative government deals.
How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. “As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right.”
Google will continue to work with militaries and governments in other areas, such as cybersecurity, training, recruiting and veterans’ health care.
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer for AlphabetInc.’s Google, released a set of principles on Thursday after a revolt by thousands of employees of the internet giant. The charter sets “concrete standards” for how Google will design its AI research, implement its software tools and steer clear of certain work, Pichai said in a blog post.
“How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come,” Pichai wrote. “As a leader in AI, we feel a special responsibility to get this right.”
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.
The company said on Thursday that if the principles had existed earlier, Google would not have bid for Project Maven.
Yet Google’s cloud-computing unit, where the company is investing heavily, wants to work with the government and the Department of Defense because they are spending billions of dollars on cloud services. The charter shows Google’s pursuit of these contracts will continue.
Pichai says while we are not developing AI for use in weapons, we will continue our work with governments and the military in many other areas.
These collaborations are important and we’ll actively look for more ways to augment the critical work of these organizations and keep service members and civilians safe.
Google charter is a watershed moment for the company and AI as a field. Technology giants, like Google, have stretched far ahead in developing software and services that give machines more control over decisions.