US military leadership worried about Google’s AI-development in China

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet with US General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces Joseph Dunford .

The meeting will be held today in Washington. Pichai and Dunford will discuss Google’s business and technology initiatives in China.

The decision to meet was made after Dunford said during Senate hearings earlier this month that Google’s AI-development in China “indirectly benefits the Chinese military.”

US President Donald Trump supported the general, saying on Twitter: “Google is helping China and its military, not the US.”

Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible! The good news is that they helped Crooked Hillary Clinton, and not Trump….and how did that turn out?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019

A Google spokesman responded to this tweet at the end of last week: “We do not work with the Chinese military.”

Google opened an AI lab in Beijing in late 2017. On its website, the company claims that its activities in the field of artificial intelligence in China are focused on “education, research in the understanding of natural language and market algorithms, as well as the development of globally accessible tools.”

At the same time, Google is not the only American technology company operating in China. So, last year, Amazon and Microsoft launched their own AI labs in China, and unlike Google, these companies are already selling their cloud services in China.

Recall that in August it became known that Google is working on a search engine with censorship for China. In December, the company said it had stopped work on the project. However, earlier this month , it was reported that this may not be the case.

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