April 21, 2018

Apple Takes AI Bite Out of Google

07 April 2018, 09:55 | Rudolph Thomas

Airman First Class Adarius Petty

Airman First Class Adarius Petty

Some Google employees are not happy about the tech giant's work with the Pentagon. It also wants the company to "draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology".

Google maintains that its participation in the project was "non-offensive", however, Google employees believe that the involvement would nonetheless damage the company's reputation. The New York Times reports that the letter has received over 3,100 signatures. The Pentagon says Project Maven will cost less than $70 million to implement in its first year.

Google's statement acknowledged the importance of employees engaging in discussions on Google's involvement in military projects. Apple's virtual assistant might have initially wowed us with voice control way back in 2011, but as Google and Amazon have stepped up their voice efforts Siri has started to feel a little bit outdated.

Under Project Maven, Google is developing an artificial intelligence engine that uses "Wide Area Motion Imagery" data captured by US Government drones to detect vehicles and other objects, track their motions. According to the reports the Project Maven was initiated with the Google and DOD collaboration in April 2017.

Giannandrea, who will be head of "machine learning and AI strategy", is an important addition to Apple's team, which has struggled to stay ahead in AI technology such as natural language processing and computer vision.

Google and Facebook have large sets of data from billions of users around the globe.

Google added, "The (computing) models are based on unclassified data only". The project uses Google's TensorFlow software and image-recognition algorithms to scan through millions of hours of drone footage collected by the military and use the information to identify people and objects of interest. With the help of the machine learning and AI, Google is helping the military to recognize the content of the drone footages. Dean is now head of the Google Brain, the company's research unit on AI and machine learning, and a well-known expert in the field itself.

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