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Why Project Maven Is the Litmus Test For Google’s New Principles


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Why Project Maven Is the Litmus Test For Google’s New Principles

Rasha Abdul Rahim

Last week Google released a set of principles to govern its development of AI technologies. They include a broad commitment not to design or deploy AI in weaponry, and come in the wake of the company’s announcement that it will not renew its existing contract for Project Maven, the US Department of Defense’s AI initiative, when it expires in 2019.


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It is ludicrous to think that any country can control a Universal Mind billions of times smarter than all of humanity.


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When you think about it, militarism has always been the epitome of artificial intelligence.


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This is an area in which international economic sanctions might be effective.

Google and similar corporations take advantage of a global market and thereby have some dependence on it. The need to stop drone strikes is generally more clearly seen outside the United States, since militarized drone strikes are overwhelmingly a phenomenon of the US military. Governments and corporations have been able to take great liberties by dividing the populations between nation and nation, as well as between class and class.

But international corporations stand to lose by drone-striking emergent markets. This effect could be increased considerably by solidarity.