But Greene, who leads Google Cloud, told employees that the company had endured considerable backlash and pursued the work at a time when the company was more interested in military contracts, according to Gizmodo.
But the emails obtained by Intercept date back to September and show that Google expected Project Maven to haul in a $15 million in revenue and eventually earn Google $250 million per year.
Google is drawing up a set of rules that will shape its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, following controversy over its military drone contract with the Pentagon. Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, announced the decision on Friday at an employee meeting, Gizmodo reported. At least a dozen staff resigned over the issue. "I don't know what would happen if the media starts picking up a theme that Google is secretly building AI weapons or AI technologies to enable weapons for the Defense industry", wrote Dr. Li in another email exchange. Despite Google's assurances that the project was "specifically scoped to be for non-offensive purposes", an internal petition signed by over 4,000 employees demanded that Google leave the project.
Google plans to honour what is left of its contract on Project Maven, the person said.
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Her comments about Musk surfaced just days after Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, said the Tesla CEO is "exactly wrong" about AI.
Project Maven was the military's first major effort to collaborate with tech firms to deploy AI technology.
In trying calm down the tension, Google defended the deal saying the results of the work to be done with Pentagon will not be used for any offensive goal.
Despite optimism among some executives, Li expressed concern about how Project Maven would be perceived.
A woman stands beside the logo of the U.S. multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair (Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. The program would analyze video footage from drones, track the objects on the ground, and study their movement, applying the techniques of machine learning. Google representatives such as vice president Mike Medin and former Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt sit on USA military advisory boards and discuss the use of their technology for major wars and suppression of domestic political opposition.