Alan L. Johnson

There has been a lot of bad press around AI due to threats of militarization and after Google got caught working with the United States Department of Defense on project Maven, there has been a drain of talent from their HQ. Project Maven is a program to help analyze drone imagery for the U.S. Military. It was however announced earlier this year that Google would not renew its contract.

Just recently Google came out with a competition to help incentivize the development of AI for Good. According to Gizmodo:

> Google has pledged to give away $25 million in grants for humanitarian AI projects that help with matters like hindering human trafficking, health care, disaster relief, and environmental conservation. The contest, AI Impact Challenge, is soliciting applications from non-profits institutions and social-mission-driven for-profit companies until January 22.

On the surface it seems that Google is trying to make up for its cultural schism. In fact, Google has put out guidance on its use of AI for Good. Google is now making sure that AI is used for non military use or surveillance.

Although Google has made a commitment to not working on these particular types of projects, employees have expressed concern that this does not explicitly prevent Google from another contract similar to Maven in the future. After a series of actions that has caused negative PR for Google and greatly reduced morale among their employees, this new competition may counteract the negative effects. Either way, it will be interesting to see what AI is built through the Google competition.

Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. What did you think when you learned of Google working with the U.S. Military?

Q2. What AI would you build if you could?

Q3. Is there an application of AI that you would like to see in the world? ​

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Deborah C. Matos
Deborah C. Matos

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