Project Maven Upsets Googlers

 ‘We Believe that Google Should Not Be in the Business of War’

In the past year, several states have seen their teachers unions rise up and protest and then strike over better money and working conditions. From West Virginia to Arizona, the educators took to the streets and made their wishes known. Now this kind of unrest has reached Silicon Valley, specifically Google.

About a dozen employees have resigned in protest at Google’s refusal to end its Project Maven development for the U.S. military, each one citing ethical concerns, according to

The company’s AI researchers have called on Google to abandon a project developing technology for the military, warning that autonomous weapons directly contradict the firm’s famous “Don’t Be Evil” motto.

The experts join more than 3,100 of Google’s own employees, who signed an open letter last month protesting the company’s involvement in a controversial Pentagon program called Project Maven. Maven has to do with facial recognition and putting that tech into assisting with death or assassinations. And there lies the rub.

In their letter last month to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the employees wrote: “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war… We cannot outsource the moral responsibility of our technologies to third parties.”