Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for analyzing drone footage after its current contract expires.
The current contract will end in 2019, and Google will not pursue another.
Google’s decision, which Gizmodo first reported, was announced by Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene during an internal meeting for employees of its cloud division, called Weather Report.
“We’ve always said this was an 18-month contract that we did, so it ends in March of 2019,” Greene said, according to a source familiar with the meeting. ”
And there will be no follow-on to Maven.
” The Maven contract had been so contentious that about a dozen Google employees resigned in protest over the company’s involvement, and it sparked a widespread identity crisis and backlash among employees at the tech giant.