I just watched the video in the linked Bloomberg article…
And at about 2:05…
“You know this technology could be ultimately used to also protect American lives, it’s kind of a pleasing your employees vs. protecting your country question here and what role corporates have to play in that, in defending the country working with the government. I mean… where do you draw the line here?” - “Yeah it’s a very tough line to draw…”
It’s moments like this that make America scary.
American lives are worth no more than any other human lives. Please explain to me why I shouldn’t put an American who uses the words “saving American lives” in that way in exactly the same category as a white person who says “saving white lives”.
Given that Google is one of the most prestigious places on the whole planet to work at as a software engineer, I would be very surprised if Google’s top talent was 100% American.
Of course, not all Americans will want to develop more weapons for their own military. The idea that it is an ethical necessity to do so seems very totalitarian to me.
In general, the idea that all resources of a society should be dedicated to supporting the war effort is called “total war”, and it’s not a nice thing.
So no, it’s not a “very tough line to draw”.