Are algorithms evil?

Google AI + US military . Is it good, is it bad or is it evil

DoD’s Project Maven uses tech firm’s TensorFlow artificial intelligence systems, prompting debate both inside and outside company

Project Maven forms part of the $7.4bn spent on AI and data processing by the DoD, and has seen the Pentagon partner with various academics and experts in the field of AI and data processing. It has reportedly already been put into use against Islamic State.

Google spokesperson said: “This specific project is a pilot with the Department of Defense, to provide open source TensorFlow APIs that can assist in object recognition on unclassified data. The technology flags images for human review, and is for non-offensive uses only.”

  1. Terrorists deserve to die
  2. Civilians should be spared from attacks
  3. Better image classification in drones can lead to better decisions on killing terrorists versus collateral deaths.
  4. Civilian deaths further the cause of terrorism
  5. Terrorists often embed them with civilians as shields to deter airstrikes
  6. What is the definition of evil?


  • A civilian turns to a terrorist because his family was killed in a bad drone strike?
  • A government diverts terrorism funds from terror funds to corruption?
  • A government that keeps killing smaller number of terrorists based on events a decade ago to keep the military industrial complex in good shape for the next war?
  • The computer scientist who created a classification algorithm to detect cancer tumors in MRI?
  • The company that employs him and owns the algorithm , hands it to the government for killing people or any usage in return for money as well as help in anti -trust matters.

Author: Ajay Ohri

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