Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.
"The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, which makes it almost impossible to know what we as workers would be building", the post reads.
"As we have discussed these issues with governments, we've appreciated that no military in the world wants to wake up to discover that machines have started a war", he said.
As reported by The New York Times, CEO Brad Smith stated that the Corporation will sell USA military any technology they need, reports kommersant.
The statement came two weeks after Google dropped out of the bidding for the huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion.
The head of Microsoft emphasized that we are talking about the sale of technologies that are necessary to protect and build the weapons to lead which is possible with the help of artificial intelligence.
"To withdraw from this market is to reduce our opportunity to engage in the public debate about how new technologies can best be used in a responsible way", Smith wrote.
"Many Microsoft employees don't believe that what we build should be used for waging war", the letter said.
Yes, Microsoft will keep working with and for the Department of Defense, despite requests from employees to distance itself from work with the Pentagon.
'We need to put JEDI in perspective, ' it said.
Instead, "with JEDI, Microsoft executives are on track to betray these principles in exchange for short-term profits".
"We don't ask or expect everyone who works at Microsoft to support every position the company takes", he said, adding Microsoft respects employees' right to choose a different job post if they don't want to work on certain projects.
Google dropping out slightly cleared the field in a controversial process that has seen Oracle and IBM lodge protests arguing requirements look engineered to deliver the award to Amazon Web Services. "We are going to continue to support the Department of Defense, and I think we should".
"We want the people of this country and especially the people who serve this country to know that we at Microsoft have their back".
Microsoft announced on Friday that the company was standing by its decision to bid for "JEDI", a USA government project aimed at redesigning the digital infrastructure of the Department of Defense, despite pushback from company employees.
"All of us who live in this country depend on its strong defense".