Google releases ethical principles created to govern company's work on AI tech

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In it, Google says that its principles "are not theoretical concepts", but rather "concrete standards" that'll "actively govern" its future AI work.

Pichai's memo lists seven principles.

The move has not gone down too well with some, with New York Republican Pete King, a member of Congress tweeting that Google choosing not to extend the deal "is a defeat for USA national security".

The principles were met with mixed reactions among Google employees.

We will incorporate our privacy principles in the development and use of our AI technologies.

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Google on Thursday said it would not allow its artificial intelligence programme to be used to develop weapons or for surveillance efforts that violate worldwide laws. "The worldwide norms surrounding espionage, cyberoperations, mass information surveillance, and even drone surveillance are all contested and debated in the global sphere".

Another Googler who spoke with Gizmodo said that the principles were a good start, mitigating some of the risks that employees who protested Maven were concerned about. "Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology".

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

The ethical principles were announced by Pichai in a blog.

The company listened and told its employees last week that it would not be renewing its contract with the Department of Defense when it expires next year.

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The limitation could help Google administration defuse a very long time of challenge by a great many representatives against the organization's work with the U.S. military to recognize objects in drone video. Pichai's assertions about not using AI for surveillance also left something to be desired, Eckersley added.

Each of these points is further clarified by Pichai, but what is nearly more important than what the Google AI must do, is what it should not do.

"Until we have trust that those systems will not make mistakes, we're going to have a lot of doubts about the use of artificial intelligence for autonomous weapons", Hanson said.

The main takeaway Google want to give people is that it is using its vast network of engineers and the opportunity to focus on AI projects that are "socially beneficial". So, Google won't build smart weapons for the government.

The internal and external protests put Google in a hard position as it aims to recenter its business around the development and use of artificial intelligence. The goal of this project was to process and catalog drone imagery, and Google's rank-and-file workers were none too pleased. No more than defining exactly what the company's ditched "don't be evil" motto meant, it seems that the tech world is satisfied with principles, not always what they mean in context. You can use them to surf otherwise seedy public WiFi with more security and privacy. In the post, Google also acknowledges the "significant impact" AI will have on society and said that it feels a "deep responsibility" to get AI right.

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