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Google drafting ethical principles to guide the use of technology

The move comes after more than 3,000 employees of Google signed a letter to the company's CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company scrap the Defence Department project

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 After facing employee fury over a US Defence Department project, Google is reportedly drafting new ethical standards to guide the company’s use of technology and products.

The move comes after more than 3,000 employees of Google signed a letter to the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company scrap the Defence Department project for analysing drone footage using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques as they feared that the technology could plausibly help target people for death, Fortune.com reported on Friday. Citing a Defense One article, the report said that Google Cloud chief Diane Greene this week hosted a Town Hall at which she assured employees of new ethical standards for the company.

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Google took this decision after deliberation . VOA

Called Maven, the programme applies AI and machine learning to the job of classifying objects in surveillance footage, but Google responded to the employee petition saying that the technology was intended to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work.

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However, Greene promised employees that Google would not sign up for any further work on ‘Maven’ or similar projects without having new ethical principles in place, according to Defense One’s sources. But some Google employees came out of the town hall still concerned about the company angling for a big Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract that could relate to combat operations, the Fortune report said. IANS

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AI-powered Honor 10 to release soon

The device would be available on Flipkart in direct comparison with Oneplus6 that might be launched as Amazon exclusive

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Honor 10 will be releasing on May 15. IANS

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, which has been working on their second generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) 2018 flagship device, is expected to launch “Honor 10” smartphone in London on May 15.

According to industry sources, “Honor 10” — that was recently launched in China — would be launched globally. An answer to OnePlus6, the sub-40,000 category device is likely to come to India in late May.

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“Honor 10” smartphone will release in London. Amazon

The device would be available on Flipkart in direct comparison with Oneplus6 that might be launched as Amazon exclusive, according to sources. Honor is also working on new dual-camera and consumer-centric innovation.

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Recently, the company rolled out ‘Face Unlock’ feature for Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X smartphones. It also launched “Ride Mode” feature via HOTA update (Huawei Over The Air) exclusively for its Honor 9 Lite smartphone in India. IANS

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