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Google reportedly won't renew controversial drone imaging program

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It looks like the drama surrounding Google's controversial involvement in Project Maven is coming to an end. Yet another report from Gizmodo on the subject says that Google won't be renewing the project once its current contract runs out. Project Maven is an initiative from the Department of Defense, which aims to "accelerate DoD's integration of big data and machine learning." The DoD has millions of hours of drone footage that pour in from around the world, and having humans comb through it for "objects of interest" isn't a scalable proposition. So Maven recruited several tech firms for image recognition technology that could be used to identify objects of interest in the footage.


The greatest risk from artificial intelligence

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China is exploiting this historic opportunity in part through the world's largest surveillance network of human behavior, which is tapped for strategic industrial and military purposes in partnership with leading tech companies. China's well-funded strategic plan intends to dominate artificial intelligence by 2030. Dr. Eric Schmidt captured part of the problem facing much of the U.S. economy at a recent hearing for the House Armed Services Committee: "The DOD does not have an innovation problem, it has an innovation adoption problem." While the overdue warnings are welcomed by many and should be extended to the entire U.S. economy, Dr. Schmidt's role as chairman of the Department of Defense Innovation Advisory Board represents another risk in the form of corporate oligopolies.


Google, facing an internal rebellion, will end its work with the U.S. military

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Google is breaking up with the Pentagon. The tech company has made it clear that when a contract with the United States Department of Defense expires in 2019, said contract won't be renewed. Employees were informed on Friday when Diane Greene, the head of Google Cloud, shared the news during a weekly meeting. SEE ALSO: How the '20% time' rule led to Google's most innovative products According to Gizmodo, the announcement was motivated by a desire to shut down an employee rebellion before it could start. Google's internal unrest became the subject of public record back in April, when thousands signed a letter protesting the company's work with the Defense Department.


For Some Hard-To-Find Tumors, Doctors See Promise In Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence, which is bringing us everything from self-driving cars to personalized ads on the web, is also invading the world of medicine. In radiology, this technology is increasingly helping doctors in their jobs. A computer program that assists doctors in diagnosing strokes garnered approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year. Another that helps doctors diagnose broken wrists in X-ray images won FDA approval on May 24. One particularly intriguing line of research seeks to train computers to diagnose one of the deadliest of all malignancies, pancreatic cancer, when the disease is still readily treatable.


Fiat Chrysler Unveils Plan to Invest in Electric, Self-Driving Vehicles

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If that works out as planned, the auto maker expects to double operating profit to €16 billion ($18.71 billion) by 2022 and hit double-digit profit margins from 6.8% today. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said the company will invest €9 billion to develop and deploy electric engines as it expands its lineup of electric-powered vehicles, part of a €45 billion spending plan over the next five years focused on four core brands: Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and Alfa Romeo and Maserati luxury cars. "This plan will provide the portfolio of products aligned with our brands that will ensure our ability to comply in each region" with stricter emissions and fuel-economy standards, Mr. Marchionne told financial analysts and media at a meeting on a company test track located outside Milan. In the U.S., the company is expanding its bet on bigger SUVs and trucks, reflecting consumer demand and a more relaxed approach to increasing fuel economy standards in Washington. Mr. Marchionne chided his peers for appearing to back away from what he said was a unified request to President Donald Trump by auto industry leaders to ease fuel economy regulations.


Google retreating from military AI project after 'rebellion' by company workers: reports

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SAN FRANCISCO – Google workers Friday got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the U.S. military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video, according to reports. The collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company. An internal petition calling for Google to stay out of "the business of war" garnered thousands of signatures, and some workers reportedly quit to protest a collaboration with the military. The New York Times and the tech news website Gizmodo cited unnamed sources as saying a Google's cloud team executive told employees on Friday that the company will not seek to renew the controversial contract after it expires next year. The contract was reported to be worth less than $10 million to Google but was thought to have potential to lead to more lucrative technology collaborations with the military.


Sean Moncrieff: The dark side of artificial intelligence is doomsday scary

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God be with the days when AI meant a fella coming to get the cows pregnant. It can make a medical diagnosis or compose music or play chess. If artificial intelligence was a TV character it would be a mix of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and a handsome doctor from Grey's Anatomy. New York City Council is currently going through a process to establish exactly how many algorithms are involved in the governance of the city: because they don't know how many there are. They do know that it's involved in the allocation of police officers, food stamps and public housing.


Three ways machine learning can end the security clearance backlog - Fedscoop

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When it comes to security clearances, the federal government has reached a crossroads. High priority positions in areas like cybersecurity and defense are going unfilled as the security clearance backlog surpasses 710,000 cases. The delay is impacting every aspect of the federal government from national security to IT modernization efforts, and its far-reaching impact continues to expand as the backlog grows. Though the string of high-profile security clearance challenges making headlines has shined a light on the fact that our security clearance process is outdated, and according to the GAO, high risk, it's something those within the federal government have seen coming for years and needs action now. The good news is that a solution to this challenge exists.


Google to Scrub U.S. Military Deal Protested by Employees-Source

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Alphabet Inc's Google will not renew a contract to help the U.S. military analyse aerial drone imagery when it expires in March, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, as the company moves to defuse internal uproar over the deal. The defence programme, called Project Maven, set off a revolt inside Google, as factions of employees opposed Google technology being used in warfare. The dissidents said it clashed with the company's stated principle of doing no harm and cited risks around using a nascent artificial intelligence technology in lethal situations. Google plans to honour what is left of its contract on Project Maven, the person said. More than 4,600 employees signed a petition calling for Google to cancel the deal, with at least 13 employees resigning in recent weeks in protest at Google's involvement, according to a second person familiar with the deal.


Google pulls out of controversial military AI project

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google is ending its controversial'Project Maven' deal with the Pentagon. Google Cloud boss Diane Greene informed employees of the decision during an internal meeting on Friday morning, Gizmodo reported, citing sources close to the situation. The contract, in which the Pentagon used Google's artificial intelligence technologies to analyze drone footage, was set to expire in 2019. Greene told employees that it won't be renewing the contract once it expires. Google is calling off its controversial'Project Maven' program with the Pentagon.