Google’s Pichai meeting with Joint Chiefs chairman on Wednesday

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen has some details ahead of Google boss Sundar Pichai’s meeting with Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It’s expected to take place on Wednesday:

The internet giant extended the invitation after criticism from Dunford about Google’s artificial intelligence work in China, which he said “indirectly benefits the Chinese military.”

Dunford cited an AI lab that Google opened in Beijing in late 2017. Less than two years later, the small office is causing a massive headache for Google, sitting at the locus of a collision between the company’s global ambitions and the U.S. military’s mounting unease over China’s technical might.

Google’s ambitions in China are causing it many headaches it may not feel are worth it, Bergen writes. But then again, the commercial opportunity is enormous.