Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.
The company laid out its reasoning Friday in a blog post by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president. He wrote that he and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed employee concerns about Microsoft’s military work in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, and conceded some workers are still uneasy about it.
Nevertheless, Smith says Microsoft will extend its more than 40-year relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense because the company believes its home country should have a strong military with the best technology.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made similar remarks last week at a conference in San Francisco.
This story has been corrected to remove references to Microsoft’s own employees being concerned about how artificial intelligence might be used by the military.