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Google employees urge company to drop Pentagon A.I. work

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Google employees urge company to drop Pentagon A.I. work

Thousands of Google employees have signed on to a letter demanding that the company withdraw from its work on a Pentagon project that builds machine-learning technology that could be used for drone warfare. The New York Times on Wednesday published the text of the letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, which reportedly has more than 3,100 employee signatures, calling for a halt to its work on the effort, known as Project Maven. “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” the letter reads. “Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize...

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Google Wants to Make Military Spy Drones Even Smarter

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Google Wants to Make Military Spy Drones Even Smarter

Google has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to help the agency develop smarter drone software. According to a report from Gizmodo, Google has agreed to provide the DOD with machine-learning software that will help the department's computers better detect objects in surveillance drone footage. The new partnership, which was leaked from an internal Google mailing list last week and confirmed yesterday (March 6) in a statement, is part of a DOD initiative called Project Maven (also known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team). According to a DOD news release issued last July, Project Maven aims to improve America's...

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Self-Driving Semi Trucks Are About to Start Driving Around Atlanta

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Self-Driving Semi Trucks Are About to Start Driving Around Atlanta

Waymo, the self-driving car company is expanding into trucks. In a Medium post, the company (a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., itself an offshoot of Google) confirmed rumors that it has been working on self-driving truck technology for the past year and is moving its efforts onto public roads in Atlanta. "Trucking is a vital part of the American economy," Waymo says in the Medium post. "We believe self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger." Trucking, with its long hauls over largely straight highways, is widely considered to be one of the areas of driving...

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Google officially activates Project Loon over Puerto Rico

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Google officially activates Project Loon over Puerto Rico

After receiving FCC approval to use its balloons to restore cellular and LTE service to the people of Puerto Rico, Alphabet wasted no time in deploying Project Loon. On Friday, the company announced that it had successfully partnered with AT&T to restore service to part of the island. “Working with AT&T, Project Loon is now supporting basic communication and internet activities like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE enabled phones,” Project Loon leader Alastair Westgarth wrote. “This is the first time we have used our new machine learning powered algorithms to keep balloons clustered...

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Explore Space Using Google Maps  

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Explore Space Using Google Maps  

Google added over 500,000 images to Google Maps yesterday taken by spacecraft, many of which were taken by Cassini, which was launched in space 20 years ago. All those photos were put together to reconstruct a number of planets and moons, turning them into models of sorts that you can visit using Google Maps. Just like Street View on Earth, you can explore each location and zoom in on particular points of interest—such as the icy plains of Enceladus—to get a better look. Google added a total of 12 “new worlds” to explore in Maps, including the planets Pluto (It...

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