Washington Examiner, August 6, 2019
Google is getting bad press for doing business in China, and it’s only getting worse. The widespread perception that Google is anti-Trump and anti-conservative is further fueling its China problems in Washington.
Last week, billionaire tech investor and Trump supporter Peter Thiel penned an op-ed in the New York Times accusing Google of doing business in China in a way that is “Good for Google, Bad for America.” Specifically, Thiel condemned the company for agreeing to work with the Chinese — but not the U.S. military — on artificial intelligence.
He’s right: While Google runs an AI lab in China, it refuses to work on AI with the Pentagon.
“A.I. is a military technology,” wrote Thiel. So why is Google sharing it with China, America’s chief strategic competitor?
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