You take your signs of hope where you can get them, especially these days. Sometimes you find one in a mega-corporation’s suggestion box.
The New York Times reported recently on a remarkable letter circulating internally at Google. Signed by 3,000 Google employees, it protests the company’s use of its artificial intelligence expertise in a Pentagon contract. “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” it says.
The letter demands that the company, whose famous internal motto is “don’t be evil,” commit not to “ever build warfare technology.”
There’s a piece of advice that would’ve been appreciated by the late Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago this month. Commemorations of the slain civil rights leader marking have often noted his courageous addition of militarism to his fights against racism and poverty during his last years.