``While the project is "specifically scoped to be for non-offensive purposes," the employee letter takes issue with this assurance, saying that "the technology is being built for the military, and once it's delivered, it could easily be used to assist in [lethal] tasks." While the project might not create an autonomous weapons system, in many cases target identification is just the first step in some kind of offensive move toward that target. Many Google employees are clearly uncomfortable with any involvement in that process.''

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