By Colin Stevens
UPDATE: Microsoft Spokesperson Provided Following his statement to IGN:
"We have carefully looked at this issue and outlined our perspective on a blog from October 2018. We always appreciate employee feedback, and we have a lot of opportunities to hear their voices, in fact, we heard from many employees in the autumn, as we said then, we are committed to providing our technology to the US Department of Defense, which includes the US Army as we have said, we will remain engaged as an active corporate citizen in solving important issues of ethics and public policy related to artificial intelligence and military
The original story follows:
A group of Microsoft employees began protesting the use of of its HoloLens technology after a multi-million contract with the United States Army
Released by GamesIndustry.biz, the group known as Microsoft Workers 4 Good, launched in January, published an open letter to [BradSmithandSatyaNadelaof[Twitter] M Microsoft, demanding the revocation of the $ 479 million contract and stricter ethical guidelines.
IGN reached Microsoft for comment.
On behalf of Microsoft employees, we open an open letter to Brad Smith and Satya Nadela, demanding the revocation of the IVAS contract with a request for stricter ethical guidelines. If you are a Microsoft employee, you can register at: https://t.co/958AhvIHO5 pic.twitter.com/uUZ5P4FJ7X
̵1; Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@ MsWorkers4) 22, 2019
"We are worried that Microsoft is working to provide US military weapons technology by helping the government of one country" to increase mortality "by using tools we have built," the letter says. "We did not register for weapons development and want to say how our work is being used."
"The application of HoloLens within IVAS [Integrated Visual Augmented System] is intended to help kill humans on the battlefield and works by turning the war into a simulated video game," further diverting soldiers from the dark wars and the reality of bloodshed. The intent to harm is not an acceptable use of our technology. "
Microsoft Workers 4 Good asks Microsoft to cancel the IVAS contract, stop the development of weapons technology, draw up a public policy for acceptable use and appoint an independent ethical review council to implement this policy
The letter went on: "There are many engineers for HoloLens before this contract even exists, believing that it will be used to help architects and engineers build buildings and cars to help people to learn how to perform an operation or play a piano, pass the boundaries of the games and
It was revealed that Microsoft won the IVAS contract with the US Army in November when it was announced that Microsoft would deliver prototypes for its expanded reality systems for use in combat missions
In addition, the rumors of a new HoloLens system proved to be true because Microsoft unveiled HoloLens 2 at the weekend. Colin Stevens is the news writer for IGN. Follow it on Twitter .