Trump’s Defense Department Is Actually Preparing for Climate Change

Imagine a future where the United States is experiencing multiple Katrina or Sandy-like storms at the same time—all while wildfires rage in the West. Right now, the Department of Defense is in no way ready to handle that, said Francesco Femia, the co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, a nonpartisan think…

Google Backtracks, Says Its AI Will Not Be Used for Weapons or Surveillance

Google is committing to not using artificial intelligence for weapons or surveillance after employees protested the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage. However, Google says it will continue to work with the United States military…

Open Channel: What Did the Government Tell Captain America to Say to These Kids?

It’s Take Your Kids to Work Day, and even the US government has time to “edutaine” some tots. The Department of Defense brought Captain America to the podium for a press conference, where he came face-to-face with an intrepid group of young reporters. Time to theorize about what Steve Rogers is helping the government…

Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

Google employees have spent the past few months pushing back against their company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Department of Defense initiative to enhance image processing of drone footage using artificial intelligence. As Gizmodo first reported, Google is contracted with the DoD to provide artificial…

If You're Going to Defraud the Defense Department Maybe Don't Write About It On LinkedIn

If you’re going to commit a crime, it’s probably best not to brag about it. And it’s especially dumb to brag about your crime on the internet. But that’s precisely what happened when a defense contractor bragged on LinkedIn about bilking the Department of Defense out of money, according to new documents obtained by…