Microsoft, Amazon pledge to work with Pentagon following anonymous online rebukes

Microsoft, Amazon pledge to work with Pentagon following anonymous online rebukes

He said he understood some employees' worries about new technologies such as artificial intelligence being used to empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.

In a blog post titled "Technology and the USA military" that was published on the Microsoft's website, Smith wrote that the company would continue to work with the us military while looking for ways to ensure its technology is used responsibly.

He wrote that he and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed employee concerns about the issue in a meeting Thursday, and conceded not all the workers were satisfied.

Nevertheless, Smith says Microsoft will extend its more than 40-year relationship with the US Department of Defense because the company believes its home country should have a strong military with the best technology.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said recently his company would maintain its JEDI bid, saying it was important to support United States defense efforts even if unpopular.

Americans, and especially those who serve in the military, should know "that we at Microsoft have their backs".

Yes, Microsoft will keep working with and for the Department of Defense, despite requests from employees to distance itself from work with the Pentagon.

The Corporation will sell US military any technology they need. It's the DOD's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud project - or "JEDI" - which will re-engineer the Defense Department's end-to-end IT infrastructure, from the Pentagon to field-level support of the country's servicemen and women. "But we can't expect these new developments to be addressed wisely if the people in the tech sector who know the most about technology withdraw from the conversation".

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"I think it's very important that USA technology companies support our country, our government".

As the lucrative deal caught the attention of many tech giants, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft, it also sparked controversy as many company employees questioned the ethical implications of the possible collaboration. "We are not going to withdraw from the future".

'We need to put JEDI in perspective, ' it said.

"The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, which makes it almost impossible to know what we as workers would be building", the employees protesting that decision said.

Smith's letter followed an October 12 "Open Letter to Microsoft" purportedly signed by an unspecified number of Microsoft employees.

Google decided not to renew its involvement in Maven and this week backed away from the cloud computing contract, citing similar concerns about values.

"While we are working to support the USA government with our cloud in many areas, we are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn't be assured that it would align with our AI Principles and second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications", a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.

'We will continue to pursue strategic work to help state, local and federal customers modernize their infrastructure and meet their mission critical requirements'.

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