Google Drops Bid for Pentagon Project Under Employee Pressure

HeadlineOct 10, 2018

Google said Monday it will not compete for a $10 billion project aimed at creating a cloud computing system that would expand the Pentagon’s ability to share data and wage war more effectively. In a statement, Google said it will no longer bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project known as JEDI, in part because the company’s new ethics guidelines bar Google from using its advanced artificial intelligence software in weapons systems. Other tech giants, including Microsoft and Amazon, will continue to bid for the $10 billion project. Thousands of Google employees have publicly spoken out against their company’s past plans to work with the military. In July, Google dropped out of a Pentagon program that would have used artificial intelligence to improve the targeting of drone strikes.

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