A millionaire Facebook investor warned of possible technology collaboration between Google and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and President Donald Trump said he would investigate the matter.
Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, said at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, that there are three questions that Google executives should answer and urged the FBI and CIA to formulate them, according to Axios.
In reference to the DeepMind Artificial Intelligence (AI) project that the technology company is developing, Thiel would ask, “How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?”
Another question would be, “Does Google’s senior management considered itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?”
And finally, Thiel believes that Google should explain why it is committed to working with the army of the Chinese communist regime and not with that of the United States.
During an interview on Tucker Carlson’s Fox program on July 15, Thiel pointed out that AI technology has a double and dangerous side that most people are not aware of.
“If it’s real, if this is a real thing, it obviously can also be used by the military, it’ll be weaponized in all sorts of ways, and it’s important national security question as to who has it,” he said.
Thiel is convinced that Google has been infiltrated by Chinese agents and that this technology will sooner or later end up in the hands of the Chinese communist army.
Joe Londsdale, Thiel’s partner in Palantir, told CNBC, “Google is not a patriotic company.”
“Everyone in [Silicon] Valley knows that the Chinese government is very involved. It’s something we don’t talk about a lot. It was very courageous of [Thiel] to talk about it,” he added.
In response to these statements, President Trump said on Twitter that he will analyze these issues.
“‘Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason. He accuses Google of working with the Chinese government.” A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look!,” wrote the president.
Already in March, the president denounced on Twitter that Google was ‘helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible!”
Notwithstanding the above, the president has come out today in defense of Google and has ordered all its embassies to warn of the consequences that will come to countries, such as Spain, seeking to implement a tax to Google unilaterally to operate in the Spanish market.
“The Trump administration will not tolerate any discrimination against U.S.-based companies,” he said in the text to which El Mundo has had access.