Protesters disrupt Google conference, protest ties to Israel

(14 May 2024)

Mountain View, California – 14 May 2024
1. Various of protesters demonstrating outside Google headquarters near Google I/O conference
2. Various of protesters blocking Google I/O conference entrance
3. UPSOUND (English) Unidentified protest organizer:
"We call on the people of conscience in the tech industry to divest from Google."
4. Protesters holding banner at intersection
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Roni Zeiger, former Google employee:
"Google knows that the Israeli military, for example, is using Google’s tools for facial recognition and to help detain and, torture and kill people in Gaza. And we need to take responsibility for that. And if Google is going to continue participating in Project Nimbus, and providing those technologies that are being used in those ways, we need to continue to try to hold them accountable."
6. Various of protesters holding signs and chanting outside Google I/O conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rami Abdel Karim, Palestinian Youth Movement, protest organizer:
"It is imperative that people consciously object to any institution, really any business, any elected official, any person who is contributing to the occupation of the Palestinian people in some shape or form this way being artificial intelligence and AI."
8. Protesters chanting and marching with banner outside Google I/O conference

Dozens of demonstrators protested outside Google’s annual conference Tuesday. They blocked an entrance to the amphitheater where thousands gathered to hear the company’s latest plans with artificial intelligence.
More than a dozen protesters chained themselves together at an entrance to the Shoreline Amphitheater where the Google I/O conference was held near company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Demonstrators targeted a $1.2 billion deal known as Project Nimbus that provides artificial intelligence technology to the Israeli government. They contend the system is being lethally deployed in the Gaza war — an allegation Google refutes.
The demonstration didn’t seem to affect the conferences attendance or the enthusiasm of the crowd inside the venue.
Google on Tuesday rolled out a retooled search engine that will frequently favor responses crafted by artificial intelligence over website links, a shift promising to quicken the quest for information while also potentially disrupting the flow of money-making internet traffic.
The makeover announced at Google’s annual developers conference will begin this week in the U.S. when hundreds of millions of people will start to periodically see conversational summaries generated by the company’s AI technology at the top of the search engine’s results page.


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