Larry Page

Google pledges not to use AI for weapons or surveillance

Google pledged Thursday that it will not use artificial intelligence in applications related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms, or that works in ways that go against human rights. It planted its ethical flag on use of AI just days confirming it would not renew a contract with the U.S. military to use its AI technology to analyze drone footage.

The principles, spelled out by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post , commit the company to building AI applications that are "socially beneficial," that avoid creating or reinforcing bias and that are accountable to people.

The search giant had been formulating a patchwork of policies around these...