Google Helps to Analyze Drone Footage

Google Helps to Analyze Drone Footage

The US Defense Department is getting assistance from Google’s open-source AI software. The search giant’s AI will be helping the organization to analyze drone footage. First reported by Gizmodo, the tech giant has started up a pilot program with the Department of Defense’s Project Maven to develop AI that may quickly identify object classes from the extremely large amount of footage collected by drones and other ISR assets. Project Maven is also known the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT). It is set up in April 2017 so that “accelerate DoD’s integration of big data and machine learning.” Google allows the US Department of Defense special access to TensorFlow, the company’s machine-learning software library, to help analyze drone footage. Gizmodo says that some Google employees are not happy about providing their technology for military uses. “We have long worked with government agencies to provide technology solutions,” a Google spokesman told Gizmodo. “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.” In any event, it’s possible that Google’s own product offerings limit its access to sensitive government data. While its cloud competitors, Amazon and Microsoft Azure, offer government-oriented cloud products designed to keep information classified as secret, Google does not currently have a similar product offering.

Source: www.technologyreview.com