$450M More for Company to Turn U.S. Troops into “Invincible Technomancers” via Artificial Intelligence

By B.N. Frank

Expert warnings about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) continue to increase (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).  For one thing – it’s not always accurate.  Nevertheless, employers continue to incorporate it into their businesses.  Some companies are training U.S. military personnel to use it for defense purposes.

From CNBC:


Ex-Facebook VR exec says he’ll turn U.S. troops into ‘invincible technomancers,’ just raised $450 million

Key Points

  • Anduril founder Palmer Luckey announced Thursday that his new company has raised an additional $450 million in funding, which will be used to “turn allied warfighters into invincible technomancers.”
  • Luckey is best known for selling Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion.

Anduril founder Palmer Luckey announced Thursday that his start-up has raised an additional $450 million in funding, which will be used to “turn allied warfighters into invincible technomancers.” The company is now valued at $4.6 billion.

Luckey is best known for selling Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion before he was fired in 2017 amid controversy for his political donations and financial support of far-right groups. But his announcement of the new funding was unusual.

“We just raised $450M in Series D funding for Anduril,” Luckey said on Twitter. “It will be used to turn American and allied warfighters into invincible technomancers who wield the power of autonomous systems to safely accomplish their mission.  Our future roadmap is going to blow you away, stay tuned!”

Technomancers sometimes appear in post-modern role-playing video games and in science fiction, often as sort of magical wizard-like people with technology enhancements.

Anduril Technologies is a defense company that, among other things, provides border control technology, including towers with cameras and infrared sensors that use artificial intelligence to track movement, in states such as Texas and California.

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Equally relevant – significant health risks have been identified with the use of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets (see 1, 2).  As if there aren’t enough risks associated with serving in the military…



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