Oct 5, 2018 - Technology

Google CEO tries to placate Pentagon over nixed AI contract

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with military leaders last week to try easing tensions with the Pentagon over the company's decision to drop out of an AI drone-video analysis contract after employees raised ethical concerns, The Washington Post’s Tony Romm and Drew Harwell report.

The big picture: Google wants to take advantage of potentially lucrative contracts but keeps encountering conflicts with company values — not only here but also in a recent controversy over a proposal to run a modified search engine in China.

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