Google helps Pentagon analyze military drone footage—employees “outraged”

A report from Gizmodo says that Google is partnering with the United States Department of Defense and building drone software. The project will reportedly apply Google’s usual machine learning prowess to identify objects in drone footage. Google’s involvement in the project wasn’t public, but it was apparently discussed internally at Google last week and leaked.

The project is called “Project Maven,” also known as the “Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT).” The project started in April of last year with a mission to “accelerate DoD’s integration of big data and machine learning.”

A DoD press release on Project Maven says the project aims to help deal with the “millions of hours of video” the military collects. Drone footage is pouring into the Pentagon at a rate faster than human analysts can keep up with, so the hope is that machine learning could help do some of the heavy lifting and identify interesting footage. As the owner of YouTube, Google is probably the world’s foremost expert on having more video footage than you know what to do with.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets