Palmer Luckey’s company earned a contract for the Pentagon’s Project Maven AI program

Anduril Industries, of Palmer Luckey, won a contract for the Pentagon's controversial artificial intelligence program, Project Maven, reports The Intercept . Since the founding of the company in 2017, Luckey has focused on the defense industry, developing advanced systems that could be used for border surveillance.

The Maven Project is a controversial artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning to classify millions of hours of unmanned aircraft images to help systems distinguish people from their surroundings. The project would help reduce the burden on human analysts and improve the intelligence captured in the cameras. The goal of the project is to obtain better information for military officers, with the idea that with better decisions, there are fewer changes in the errors that cause civilian casualties.

But that project has a complicated history in Silicon Valley. Google offered its resources as part of a pilot project last year, which caused considerable internal discussion, and employees demanded that the company withdraw from the project altogether. Finally, Google decided to let its contract with the Department of Defense expire, although it says it will continue working with the Pentagon for non-weapons-related projects. Other high profile military contracts have also faced resistance from other companies: Microsoft employees recently demanded that the company cancel a contract with the US Army. UU For a $ 480 million HoloLens project.

Luckey, the founder of Oculus Rift, founded his company shortly after leaving Facebook, focusing on developing surveillance technology for places like the US border. Last year, Wired reported that the company's Lattice system is composed of a combination of technologies (cameras, LIDAR and infrared sensors) that then uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to distinguish humans from other objects moving along the border. In tests, the system has helped border agents catch numerous people crossing the border.

Luckey began working on the Maven Project in 2018, and there seems to be an overlap between the efforts of Luckey's Anduril Industries on the US border. UU And the Maven Project: deep learning is used to distinguish objects from vast amounts of collected data. According to The Intercept Anduril Industries is using its Lattice system to provide 3D images to soldiers to direct drones in combat, and has completed the "first phase" of its investigation, with plans for the technology to be deployed . in afghanistan

And unlike Google, Luckey's company is much more receptive to defense contracts: has been frank about the need for technology companies to contribute to defense projects.

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