Analysis shows Amazon and Microsoft win Pentagon drone contracts, after Google exited Project Maven in 2018 amid staff protests
Amazon and Microsoft benefited from Google’s decision three years ago to exit drone AI projects for the US Department of Defense.
Pentagon contracts worth $50m were won by both Amazon and Microsoft to help the military identify objects from drone and other aerial footage, Forbes has reported.
It credited Jack Poulson, founder of big tech monitor Tech Inquiry and a former Google AI researcher, for the discovery, after he conducted an analysis of federal government contract records.
Google had announced in June 2018 it would not renew a contract to do artificial intelligence work for the US Pentagon, after internal pressure from staff, some of whom quit Google over the matter.
Almost 4,000 Google employees signed an internal petition asking Google to end its participation in Project Maven.
They felt the project…