According to reports, Google will be providing artificial intelligence to CBP for Trump’s virtual border wall. This move is being made about 2 years after the tech giant controversially terminated its work with Project Maven due to controversy.
The reports says that Google is authorizing its artificial intelligence technology for the Trump administration’s “virtual” border wall.
According to The Intercept, the tech giant won a contract from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deliver its Google Cloud technology to help promote the use of artificial intelligence deployed by the CBP Innovation Team, recognized as INVNT.
The information platform referred to documents linked to the federal contract. Actually Google’s name does not appear on the contract, however Thundercat Technology LLC, a third-party federal contracting company, is enumerated on the document. The Reston, based Thundercat Technology also listed Google to be among its partners.
The Intercept observes that the “virtual” wall, which will also be making use of the technology from Anduril – Anduril was created by the former Facebook executive Palmer Luckey – will possess surveillance towers which will watch out for movement. The artificial intelligence that will be utilized will be to distinguish between humans and animals making it easy to discern.
The declaration was made just a few days after the Justice Department declared openly that it was bringing an antitrust case against the search giant. The billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban asserted that the case is associated to the fact that Google is markedly better at using artificial intelligence than every of its competitors.
Mark Cuban interpreted the case as : if you dominate your market for the reason that you are better at artificial intelligence than all your competitors we will come after you.
“The DOJ Anti-Trust Case against [Google] effectively comes down to: “If you dominate your market because you are better at AI then your competitors, we will come after you,” Cuban wrote.
In the year 2018, Google was condemned severely, even by its own employees, for allowing the government make use of its artificial intelligence systems in a contentious drone project, recognized as Project Maven.
Afterwards, Google finally determined to stop allowing its algorithms be involved in Project Maven, but this decision was not before many employees resigned over the altercation.
In November 2019, a Google senior vice president for global affairs Kent Walker declared openly that the company does not have any intention of leaving the national security business.