Google recently confirmed that the Pentagon is using its image recognition technology to analyse drone footage. However, it is said that this had caught a lot of the search giant’s employees by surprise, with some even getting outraged.
A Google spokeswoman said that the tie-up involved the provision of software tools to let the US Department of Defense (DoD) make use of the company’s TensorFlow machine learning code. She further clarified that the technology is used to help human reviewers go through hours of footage more efficiently and is not used for offensive purposes.
It was noted that Google is typically cautious of association with the US military and has said that the use of machine learning by the military naturally raises concerns.