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Google’s work on a Defense Department contract that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images -- technology that could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes -- has fueled heated staff meetings, prompted a petition signed by about 4,000 employees, and even caused some workers to resign. (Minh Uong/The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED GOOGLE MILITARY BY SHANE, METZ AND WAKABAYASHI FOR MAY 30, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

Google’s work on a Defense Department contract that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images -- technology that could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes -- has fueled heated staff meetings, prompted a petition signed by about 4,000 employees, and even caused some workers to resign. (Minh Uong/The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED GOOGLE MILITARY BY SHANE, METZ AND WAKABAYASHI FOR MAY 30, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.