However, company bigwigs anxious about how its Pentagon work might look, according to Gizmodo. For a tech company that heralded itself as one that values the views and perspectives of its employees, Google has worked to reduce protests without pivoting away from military partnerships.
The program, code-named "Project Maven", helped the Pentagon identify and track. "Do the Right Thing" stickers have also appeared in Google's NY office, according to The Times.
The publication cited three sources who suggest that the update came from Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene who announced the decision at a meeting with employees this morning.
"Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the US Department of Defense for analyzing drone footage after its current contract expires", Gizmodo reports. The Department of Defense declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.
Yet, in a curious move which exacerbated public outcry over Google's participation in Project Maven, the company chose to scrub "don't be evil" - its unofficial motto - from its code of conduct.
Maven was Google's first military contract, and the move was immediately met with resistance by Google's employees.
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Later, about a dozen Google staffers resigned in protest. Academics and researchers also lashed out at Google for abandoning the company's original motto: "Don't be evil". The tech giant's full set of principles on the matter are thought to be announced in the coming weeks, according to a report from The New York Times.
The emails show that Google and partners labored to create "machine learning algorithms" and on a "sophisticated system that could surveil entire cities".
The company has said it would soon release ethics guidelines for future military contracts. Thousands of staff signed the petition, which stated: "Google should not be in the business of war".
Bob Work, the former deputy secretary of defence who launched Project Maven past year, called Google's decision not to renew the contract "troubling" and anxious it could discourage others in Silicon Valley from working with the military on autonomous technologies that could assist in foreign conflicts and national defence. The Defense Innovation Board, an arm of the Pentagon that makes technological recommendations, declared that winning the global race to adopt artificial intelligence was as important as "nuclear weapons in the 1940s and with precision-guided weapons and stealth technology afterward".
The New York Times writes that when Google purchased the artificial intelligence firm DeepMind 2014, "The acquisition agreement [.] said DeepMind technology would never be used for military or surveillance purposes".