Microsoft workers protest use of HoloLens headsets for war

February 22, 2019 - 5:05 pm

A group of Microsoft workers is demanding the company cancel a contract supplying U.S. Army soldiers with HoloLens headsets that could help them spot adversaries on the battlefield.

A letter signed by more than 50 employees Friday says they "refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression."

It asks Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith to cancel a $480 million contract the Army announced in November.

Military bidding documents say the technology enables troops to become more lethal and mobile.

Microsoft's head-mounted HoloLens displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over real-world scenery in front of them.

Microsoft said Friday that it appreciates employee feedback. Nadella is expected to unveil a new generation of HoloLens headsets Sunday at a technology conference in Spain.

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