Google risks attracting new controversy by recruiting Andrew Moore, three months after the company was embroiled in a scandal over its work for Pentagon’s Project Maven.
Now, Moore, who was last dean of the School of Computer Science at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, will become the chief of cloud computing AI at the California-based technology company, where he previously worked between 2006 and 2014.
Its role was to deploy AI technologies to study footage obtained by US killer drones to improve their targeting technologies in the future.
The British-born, naturalized American’s professional credentials are impeccable, but Moore’s other recent high-profile appointment, in March, was to the co-chairmanship of the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security and Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
There is nothing illegal about Moore combining both jobs, but it is notable that the company received push back from its employees and bad media publicity after it was revealed in March that it partnered up with the Pentagon to work on Project Maven.
Google said that it would not renew its contract for Project Maven participation for next year. Its CEO Sundar Pichai personally authored new guidelines for the corporation.
He promised that Google would not involved itself in “technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm” or “weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.”
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Cyber War fare News 2018.