With the continuous development of UAV technology in recent years, UAVs play a more and more important role in modern wars. The unmanned drones operated by ground personnel can be easily qualified for these tasks, and in the United States, the United States has been developing military UAVs and has been equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles with excellent performance. But for now, most UAVs still need guidance from ground controllers, which, to a certain extent, also limits the efficiency of mission completion. Therefore, in order to further improve the operational effectiveness of the UAVs, The Pentagon has greatly increased its investment in the UAVs. According to the US Department of defense, the US U.S. Army has reached $7 billion 400 million in total input in the field of artificial intelligence and big data in the last year alone. And by the Deputy Minister of intelligence work, the Project Maven algorithm operational cross functional group (AWCFT) was set up to further integrate large data and master the computer vision technology related to the UAV, and the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying the technology could automatically distinguish the various objects in the video. Detection and identification of nearly 40 kinds of targets.
As a matter of fact, the US army launched a study in the related fields as early as 2016, when Carter, the US Secretary of defense, went to Silicon Valley in person and exchanged with the technology company in Silicon Valley, hoping to further enhance the technical capabilities of the Department of defense in the related fields through cooperation between the two sides. The original Google and Alphabet chairman Schmidt became the chairman of the The Pentagon’s innovative Advisory Committee, who was in charge of the introduction and integration of the latest technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, such as artificial intelligence, and the Project Maven project was just under the guidance of Schmidt.
The Project Maven project is different from other experimental artificial intelligence projects, benefiting from the mature artificial intelligence technology of Google Corporation, and the project has made a lot of achievements. By learning the millions of hours of video taken by the former UAVs, the speed of identifying objects and targets has been significantly improved, and some of the research has been successfully applied to the action against the Islamic state (ISIS) at the end of last year.
However, although the project has made great achievements, Google did not disclose the company’s participation in the project. But Google employees think that participation in military projects is obviously not consistent with the slogan “Do not be evil”, and the application of artificial intelligence to weapons will cause a series of moral problems, so it also triggered a fierce debate within Google. Many employees are angry and refuse to go to the United States. The army provides technical support. And according to the latest reports from foreign media, Google has launched a petition to cancel cooperation with the military. Employees hope that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will publicly declare that Google and suppliers will not engage in war technology related research, and so far more than four thousand employees have signed the petition. Employees even expressed their intention to resign.