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Google's AI Rules Show DOD's Commercial Tech Difficulties

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 8:52 PM EDT) -- Google CEO Sundar Pichai's recent announcement that the company won't work on weapons programs reinforces the cultural and practical obstacles that remain in the way of the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to attract commercial technology firms as contractors, despite its efforts at outreach.

More than 4,500 Google employees recently signed a letter urging the company not to take on further military work after word emerged of Google Inc.'s participation as a subcontractor in Project Maven, a DOD effort to use artificial intelligence to better interpret images captured by military drones.

The project clashes with Google's principle of doing no harm...

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