Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Plans to Turn US Troppers into Invincible Technomancers
We best know Palmer Luckey for his Kickstarter success that led to Facebook acquiring his company for 2 billion USD. The Oculus Rift founder later departed from Facebook to work on his latest endeavors.... actually he was fired with tons of cash in his pocket.
Palmer Luckey recently announced that his new company, Anduril, has raised an additional $450 million in funding to turn "allied warfighters into invincible technomancers” who possess the power of autonomous systems to assist them accomplish missions.
Technomancers typically appear in modern role playing games and science fiction, frequently associated as magical people with technology enhancement.
Perhaps Tony Stark’s Ironman suit?
Luckey’s company, Anduril Industries, is a defense company that provides border control technology among other things, including infrared sensors that utilize artificial intelligence to track movement.
Anduril’s artificial intelligence platform, Lattice, can deploy military personnel in US to help detect and track intrusions by vehicles and people, including drones.
Glad Gil led the investment found and believes the society is not prepare for the growing number of threats, and that Anduril can help in multitude of areas from cyberattacks to natural disasters. Anduril provides a sensor networks, drones, towers, and software that ties everything together. All these can help create a virtual border that can defend energy infrastructure, combat wildfires, stop human trafficking, and fight drug cartels.
Other investors include Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital, Valor Equity Partners and D1 Capital all participated in the investment round.