Google drops out of Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud competition

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After the uproar, Google announced it would not renew the Maven contract once it expires in March. The employees that chose to quit the company reportedly left memos to colleagues explaining their decisions, which ranged from ethical issues relating to Google helping the U.S. Military to issues with Google slowly losing public trust.

According to its statement to Bloomberg, Google will no longer compete for the contract, which is estimated to be worth $10 billion, because the contract does not align with the company's principles on how artificial intelligence (AI) should be used.

Google drew up a new policy on artificial intelligence this year, following staff complaints about its work with the USA government on use of AI in weapons systems.

The project known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud or JEDI, involves moving a large amount of Pentagon's internal data and processing power to a commercial cloud service provider.

Google has abandoned the race to win the Pentagon's Dollars 10 Billion Cloud Competition. Among the guidelines: Google won't create AI for weapons, but it will still work with the military.

Google has announced that it will not be placing a bid for a cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon.

AirAsia is collaborating with Google Cloud to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) into every aspect of its business and culture as part of its transformation into a travel technology company. She also emphasised that the company is prepared to meet the highest classification requirements for handling "top secret US classified data".

Bids were due to be submitted on Friday with Amazon Web Services now the clear favourite to win. White laid out Microsoft's case in a almost 1,000-word prelude to the company's announcement of the new cloud certifications, leaning heavily on the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" mantra that has defined the Satya Nadella era of Microsoft. Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle are all eyeing the project, which is valued as high as $10 billion.

Bidding for the JEDI program began two months ago and ends this week.

The JEDI contract requires cloud companies to be authorized to host data of all classification levels, though it gives vendors some time to obtain the necessary certifications. After details of Google's involvement with Project Maven came to light, thousands of Google employees signed a petition asking for Google to bow out of the project, and dozens more resigned in protest. Some employees even resigned during the protest.

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