Report: Google, DoD Partner to Develop AI Tech for UAS Footage Analysis

Google and the Defense Department have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence technology that would aid analysis of footage collected through unmanned aircraft systems, Gizmodo reported Tuesday.

An anonymous Google spokesperson told Gizmodo that the company will provide TensorFlow application programming interfaces to help DoD analysts identify objects in UAS footage as part of the department’s Project Maven.

The spokesperson added that Google is creating policies and safeguards around the use of its machine learning tools, and that the company’s AI technology will be used for non-combat purposes only.

DoD launched Project Maven in April 2017 in an effort to speed up the U.S. military’s integration of big data and machine learning. The initiative’s first goal was to automate the detection and identification of objects in videos that UAS platforms collect daily.

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