Google employees quit over controversial Pentagon work

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Some Google employees are resigning due to involvement with Project Maven

The tech news website cites an internal Google document containing written accounts from numerous employees that details their decisions to leave.

About a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest over the tech giant's involvement in Project Maven, a controversial military program that uses artificial intelligence, Gizmodo reports.

Google executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers' objections than they once did, according to several of the exiting workers who discussed their decision to leave with Gizmodo.

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News of the Google-Pentagon agreement, which involves the controversial Project Maven, surfaced roughly three months ago.

Numerous employees who quit have written accounts of their decisions to leave the company - and their stories have been gathered and shared in an internal document, the contents of which multiple sources have described to Gizmodo, which first reported on the Google exits.

The employees resigned because of ethical concerns over the company's work with the Defense Department that includes helping the military speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people, Gizmodo reported. The employees are resigning due to the ethical concerns they have over Google's expertise being used in military technology that could lead to the loss of human life.

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The Google workers also noted the company's well-known former motto, "Don't be evil", warning that Project Maven "will irreparably damage Google's brand and its ability to compete for talent".

That had changed, according to some employees. "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", the letter said, according to the New York Times.

"At some point, I realized I could not in good faith recommend anyone join Google, knowing what I knew".

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