Andrew Moore, the new chief of Google Cloud AI, has spoken about military and other Department of Defense applications of artificial intelligence, including drones.
According to Business Insider, Moore currently works as the dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He also co-chairs an AI task force that was created by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), which specializes in military topics — including the future of warfare and AI.
The other chairman of the task force is Robert Work, who played a key role in the creation of the military's Project Maven that uses AI to analyze data.
Moore's hiring is notable because Google has been criticized from within its own ranks for having a hand in Project Maven. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai responded by saying the company will not use AI in applications related to weapons or surveillance.
According to Business Insider, Moore gave a speech at the 2017 CNAS Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative and talked about using drones to keep watch on the entire planet.
"We could afford if we wanted to, and if we needed, to be surveilling pretty much the whole world with autonomous drones of various kinds," he said. "I'm not saying we'd want to do that, but there's not a technology gap there where I think it's actually too difficult to do. This is now practical."
According to Moore's LinkedIn page, he previously worked for Google for more than eight years, first as a director and later as a vice president before he left in 2014. He has served in his current role at Carnegie Mellon ever since, but is expected to rejoin Google later this year.
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