The company is trying to defuse internal outbursts over Google's work on Project Maven, a data analysis program.
But this seems to have changed, after Gizmodo reported that Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene had announced the decision at a meeting with employees last Friday.
Following months of employee outrage and media scrutiny, Google has decided not to renew its contract to develop AI image recognition software for US military drones, Gizmodo reported. Unfortunately for Greene, mass upheavals forced her to tactfully reassess.
Nearly 4,000 Google staffers signed an internal petition asking Google to end its participation in Project Maven. "Partnering with the best universities and commercial companies in the world will help preserve the United States' critical lead in artificial intelligence", Harris said.
Google had faced backlash from employees over it's involvement in Maven, an artificial itelligence (AI)-powered US Defence Department project.
More than 700 Google employees had joined an online group inside the company called Maven Conscientious Objectors, using it to vent their concerns about the project and discuss ways of protesting against it. It's thought that Google won't agree to any further potentially controversial work until after they are in place and the work is suitable, according to the guidelines.
Thousands of employees have signed a petition asking Google to cancel its contract for the project, nicknamed Project Maven, and dozens of employees have resigned in protest. It was launched in April 2017 by then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.
But the request of private-sector help from companies such as Google, which develops some of the world's most sophisticated image-recognition software and employs some of the top minds in AI, quickly sparked a firestorm over the potential that the technology could be used to help kill or serve as a stepping stone towards AI-coordinated lethal warfare.
The contract in question, which expires in 2019, deals with Project Maven.