Dozens of Microsoft employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s $480 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with augmented reality headsets intended for use on the battlefield. Under the terms of the deal, the headsets, which place holographic images into the wearer’s field of vision, would be adapted to “increase lethality” by “enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy,” according to a government description of the project. Microsoft was awarded the contract in November. “We are a global coalition of Microsoft workers, and we refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression,” the employees state in the letter, which was published on an internal message board and circulated via email to employees at the company Friday. More than 50 Microsoft employees signed their names to the letter. Microsoft employees almost 135,000 people worldwide. More from NBC News YouTube pulls ads from anti-vaccination videos after questions about enforcementPositive sentiment toward Jeff Bezos plunged after Amazon HQ2 fallout and National Enquirer debacleRace is on for global 5G dominance — and Trump is cheering from the sidelines “We are alarmed that Microsoft is working to provide weapons technology to the US Military, helping one country’s government ‘increase… Read full this story
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