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“Cool Projects” or “Expanding the Efficiency of the Murderous American War Machine?”

AI Professionals’ Views on Working With the Department of Defense

Catherine Aiken

Rebecca Kagan

Michael Page

November 2020

Is there a rift between the U.S. tech sector and the Department of Defense? To better understand this relationship, CSET surveyed U.S. AI industry professionals about their views toward working on DOD-funded AI projects. The authors find that these professionals hold a broad range of opinions about working with DOD. Among the key findings: Most AI professionals are positive or neutral about working on DOD-funded AI projects, and willingness to work with DOD increases for projects with humanitarian applications.

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