Microsoft two won’t stop its work on a almost half-billion-dollar authorities contract designed to carry HoloLens augmented reality tech to the U.S. Army.
“We made a principled selection that we’re not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to shield the freedoms we enjoy,” Satya Nadella told CNN in an interview. “We have been very transparent about that selection and we’ll proceed to have that dialogue [with employees].”
The admission from the company’s pinnacle executive, implying that Microsoft has no plans to bend to a letter now signed by means of 200+ personnel urging leadership to cancel work on a $479 million authorities contract, is hardly ever a surprise. Microsoft has fallen underneath internal scrutiny in the past for its work pursuing and carrying out authorities contract work. This latest effort brings an emerging science to the forefront of current hostilities with a contract that pursuits to use the science to extend the lethality of United States forces.
The letter sent Friday sought to push the company’s management to stop work on the $479 million army contract. The team claims now that greater than 200 Microsoft personnel have signed the letter.
“We did no longer sign up to enhance weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,” the letter reads.
The publishing of the letter came simply days before the enterprise held an tournament highlighting the technological advances seen in their augmented actuality technologies.