Google whistleblower Zachary Vorhies raised concerns Wednesday over the tech giant abruptly placing the co-founder of its AI Manhattan Project, “DeepMind,” on leave.
The cofounder, Mustafa Suleyman, is “taking some time out right now after ten hectic years” and is expected to return before the end of 2019, a Google spokesperson told Forbes in a report published Wednesday.
Suleyman, who launched the project in 2014 manages Google’s “applied AI division” which is designed in practical ways to utilize scientific research.
The division allows “DeepMind access to 1.6 million patient records for a kidney monitoring system app called Streams, and its data-sharing practices were ultimately deemed illegal in 2017, prompting an apology from Suleyman and the company,” Forbes reports.
Suleyman’s team has primarily been responsible for making DeepMind profitable, developing text-to-speech service for Google Cloud and reducing Google’s data center cooling costs, The Information reported in April 2018.
The DeepMind cofounder, a 34-year old, Muslim, leftist activist, reportedly believes capitalism is a failing society.
“Many areas, capitalism is currently failing us. We actually need a new kind of set of incentives to tackle some of the most pressing and urgent social problems and we need a new kind of tool, a new kind of intelligence, that is distributed, that is scaled, that is accessible, to try and make sense of some of the complexity that is overwhelming us,” Suleyman said at a Google ZeitgeistMinds event in London.
In an interview with InfoWars host Owen Shroyer, Vorhies warned Google is exposing itself as a national security threat with DeepMind, AI technology that he warns is the “equivalent to the Manhattan Project,” research and development undertaken during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons and the atom bomb.
Google has “been pretty public about all that information about DeepMind. But Google has been trying to deceive the public by creating a fake AI project called ‘DragonFly,’” Vorhies warned Thursday. “They were telling the public that DragonFly was their censorship weapon. And everyone was like ‘what’s up with DragonFly’—they were trying to find information, but no information existed because it was a fake project.”
The former Google employee went pubic as a whistleblower on August 14 after Google called a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation SWAT team to perform a “wellness check” on him. He then provided the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the investigative watchdog Project Veritas 950 documents that reveal Google is attempting to manipulate U.S. elections in a bid to “overthrow the United States.”
Google decided to scrap its fake project DragonFly after Vorhies leaked documents detailing the company’s “machine-learning fairness” tactics political agenda, which reveal how Google uses artificial intelligence to promote a liberal agenda.
“We know [DragonFly] is a fake project because right after I disclosed ML Fairness, which is the real AI censorship project, Google then decided the ruse is over, we are going to officially terminate the DragonFly project and that happened in July,” he told InfoWars.
Renowned Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who is demanding Google be investigated by the FBI and CIA for the company’s activities with China, knows the most about the national security threat DeepMind poses, Vorhies said.
“A.I. is a military technology. Forget the sci-fi fantasy; what is powerful about actually existing A.I. is its application to relatively mundane tasks like computer vision and data analysis. Though less uncanny than Frankenstein’s monster, these tools are nevertheless valuable to any army — to gain an intelligence advantage, for example, or to penetrate defenses in the relatively new theater of cyberwarfare, where we are already living amid the equivalent of a multinational shooting war.”Theil warns of DeepMind’s collaboration with China, New York Times op-ed earlier this month.
“No doubt machine learning tools have civilian uses, too; A.I. is a good example of a “dual use” technology. But that common-sense understanding of A.I.’s ambiguity has been strangely missing from the narrative that pits a monolithic “A.I.” against all of humanity,” Theil continued.
“A.I.’s military power is the simple reason that the recent behavior of America’s leading software company, Google — starting an A.I. lab in China while ending an A.I. contract with the Pentagon — is shocking.”
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