Former Google senior software developer and whistleblower Zach Vorhies appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour Friday to discuss Google’s relationship with Communist China and the company’s artificial intelligence project DeepMind, which has been called the “AI Manhattan Project.” DeepMind disputed Vorhies’ comments in a statement to Breitbart News, saying it does not have operations in China.
Mansour asked Vorhies about Google’s business engagements in China.
“Google has gotten in trouble in the past for doing business with the Communist government of China,” Mansour said. “And I wanted to ask you were those efforts ongoing when you were with the company? Can you give us any insight into that? Because it was quite troubling.”
“So Google bought this AI company called DeepMind,” Vorhies replied. “Let me just put it in plain language what that is, DeepMind was creating a god-like AI system that is able to ingest the available public information on the internet and make sense of it. Think of it like Amazon Alexa except much much much more intelligent. This AI system was moved out of the UK I believe and placed into China, and it’s been dubbed the AI Manhattan Project.”
DeepMind disputed Vorhies’ comments in a statement to Breitbart News. A DeepMind spokesperson said: “DeepMind is a scientific research organisation headquartered in the UK and does not have operations in China.”
Vorhies continued: “Peter Thiel — he accused Google of acting in a treasonous way. This is how serious this project is. It’s the most sophisticated and advanced AI project in the world made by an American company and placed in China.”
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Vorhies stated: “When people think of surveillance they usually think of country surveillance. This is planetary surveillance of all information that is available on the surface web and also any sources that it can get in the deep web and utilizing Google’s extensive deep analysis of its book scanning stuff.
“So think of the Library of Alexandria of all available websites that you can search for and all that data gets fused together and a decision-making process gets formed because of that. This is essentially what the Google DeepMind project is all about.”
Listen to the full interview here.
Update: Following the publication of this piece, DeepMind contacted Breitbart News to dispute the accuracy of the statements made by Zach Vorhies during the interview. Specifically, DeepMind disputes Vorhies’ statement that the project has moved its operation to China.
A DeepMind spokesperson told Breitbart News: “DeepMind is a scientific research organisation headquartered in the UK and does not have operations in China.”