Oculus inventor's startup takes on military drone work Google gave up, report says

CNET | 3/11/2019 | Katie Collins
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Palmer Luckey has said he's concerned the US military is falling behind in terms of technology.

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's new company has won a contract with the Pentagon to work on a military project focused on AI and drones, according to The Intercept.

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Luckey founded military tech company Anduril Industries in 2017 after he was let go from Facebook, which bought Oculus in 2014. Anduril has already been building border surveillance tech that helps the US government catch people trying to illegally cross the border from Mexico. But The Intercept reported Saturday that the Pentagon also contracted the company late last year to work on a drone project.

For Project Maven, The Intercept reported, Anduril is developing software that can scour hours of drone footage to identify people, separating them from their environments. It's effectively replacing the laborious process of military personnel manually scanning footage.

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If the name Project Maven sounds familiar, that's because Google previously worked on the program. The company chose not to renew its Project Maven contract with the Pentagon after 3,000 employees reportedly signed a petition and a dozen quit in protest.

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