At the big Telecom trade show in Barcelona, Microsoft has unveiled this week, the Hololens 2. This is the second edition of the Mixed-Reality glasses, in the field of vision of the wearer with virtual objects in the display. The results in many cases for Gaming and entertainment, but also for research and product development.
And for the military. Microsoft has pulled the end of November 2018 on a contract of more than 480 million US dollars with the US military in the country. The army wants applications, the glasses for the fight and for Training. Before Microsoft had the offer submitted, came from the workforce review: Many Microsoft employees don't want their work used for war purposes.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had objected to in an Interview with CNN: It is consistent with the principles of the company, to support the democratically elected institutions that protect our freedom.
On behalf of workers at Microsoft, we're releasing an open letter to Brad Smith, and Satya Nadella, demanding for the cancelation of the IVAS contract with a call for stricter ethical guidelines.— Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) 22. February 2019
If you're a Microsoft employee you can sign at: https://t.co/958AhvIHO5 pic.twitter.com/uUZ5P4FJ7X
The Microsoft employees gifts with this announcement of the chief is not satisfied. Via Twitter they have released last week an open letter with three demands: the Microsoft to terminate the contract with the military, to publicly oppose the development of weapons technologies and the ethics Council.
Fatal, thanks to the Hololens
They also interfere with the fact that the engineers have found out subsequently from the military purpose. Therefore, the proposed solution of Microsoft's top lawyers is not feasible: Brad Smith had promised that employees with ethical concerns could be put to other projects.
this Video shows the US army, what do you mean by "tactical Augmented Reality".
Microsoft is not the only company where the employees against the military oppose projects. Also Sundar Pichai, the chief of the Google , has received in the last week of April, an open letter. In the thousands have been signatories against the "Project Maven" and requested the company not to participate in the "business of war".
Google stop arms project
The project of the Pentagon's aim is to recognize in drone videos using artificial intelligence, objects, and people. The criticism seems to have worked, because according to the news platform "Gizmodo" don't want Google to extend the contract when it expires next month.
Even Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is one of the recipients of the open letter. For him, the Protest against the supply of a facial recognition software to police and informed the authorities.
at Least, is exceeded when it comes to war material, for a prononcierten part of the Tech industry, a moral line. (Tages-Anzeiger.ch/Newsnet)
Created: 01.03.2019, 08:18 PM