Google CEO Visits Pentagon, Meets with Leaders for AI Drone Project

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai quietly paid the Pentagon a visit during his recent trip to Washington, seeking to smooth over tensions roughly four months after employee outrage prompted the tech giant to sever a defense contract to analyze drone video, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Pichai met with a group of civilian and military leaders mostly from the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Department directorate that oversees the artificial-intelligence drone system known as Project Maven, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the meeting.