Palmer Luckey Aims to Make America Safe Again with Anduril AR/VR Defense Company

The co-founder of Oculus is now back in Orange County with an 'Advanced Defense' company. This isn't how supervillains are born, nope.

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Everyone's favorite VR wunderkind Palmer Luckey made some news this weekend on social media as he announced that his new AR/VR defense company,  Anduril Industries, is now hiring. 

Here is some more info about Anduril Industries:

WHY

In many ways, we are living in the future. Instantaneous communication with anyone in the world, all of humanity’s knowledge accessible in your pocket, next-day delivery of any physical good you can imagine, and many other advances have radically changed the way we live our lives. By comparison, progress in defense has lagged since the end of the Cold War.

We need the world’s brightest minds building technologies that fundamentally advance mankind and deter international conflict. Anduril is privately funding and building products that America and her allies desperately need: real-time battlefield awareness for soldiers on the ground and headquarters alike, technology that keeps our men and women on the front line out of harm’s way, and a host of other technologies that will ensure we are staying ahead of our adversaries.

HOW

The central fallacy of the political debate surrounding defense spending is that we are stuck in a dichotomy between doing “more with more” or “less with less”. This is a false choice: if we build the right technology, we should be able to do more with less. As a product-focused company that funds and builds our own technology, we are not beholden to the typical cost-plus contract structure, which rewards slow and expensive development of bespoke technology.

Anduril is founded by Silicon Valley veterans who know how to do things the right way, focusing on product rather than process.  We are using lessons learned from our previous experiences to bring better capabilities at dramatically lower cost to America and her allies. 


Do you love America enough to sign up for whatever it is Anduril Industries is working on? There are several folks who have followed Palmer over from Oculus and other Silicon Valley companies. The company is based back in Luckey's old stomping grounds of Orange County, California. The 'OC' is one of the centers of the military industrial complex so it is not surprising to see the company pop up there.

Palmer Luckey is only listed as a founder and will probably continue to leverage his popularity to make more news in the defense industry. Anduril Industries describes themselves as an advanced defense company and will not just be focused on military technology, but also technology for use here at home. 

Definitely not going to end up as a supervillain.

CEO

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty

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      October 23, 2017 10:00 AM

      Nothing says defense contractor like Palmer Luckey.

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      October 23, 2017 10:31 AM

      goddamn, that "anatomy of change" flow looks like it came from silicon valley (the show)

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      October 23, 2017 10:41 AM

      Nice footer image

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      October 23, 2017 10:43 AM

      lol at that goatee.

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      October 23, 2017 10:45 AM

      Hahahahaha, the footer caption. Oh my God thank you.

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        October 23, 2017 10:55 AM

        I don't have anything about Cosplaying, you be you right? But I really want someone to paint his headshot for this article on one of his outfits. The juxtaposition is delicious.

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      October 23, 2017 10:45 AM

      Meh, fuck him

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      October 23, 2017 10:46 AM

      Fuck all of that. Palmer lost some of my respect with his Pepe bullshit, now he's lost all of it.

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        October 23, 2017 2:22 PM

        You can only imagine what his company is going to look like.

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          October 23, 2017 2:25 PM

          The whole thing sounds like the plot of a terrible 80s movie where the head of the evil corporation is a doofus whose technology spins out of control.

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        October 23, 2017 3:09 PM

        Yeah I totally trust a guy for defense who helped to get Donald Trump elected...

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        October 23, 2017 3:14 PM

        What? I don't understand the hate for this. It sounds like he is looking to apply VR technology to defense industry applications.

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          October 23, 2017 3:15 PM

          I’m just not a fan of the industrial military complex. :/

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            October 23, 2017 5:41 PM

            I like looting in in pubg.

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            October 24, 2017 2:19 AM

            Why not? Odds are you're reading this on a device or screen that exists because of military funding, and also on, you know, the Internet. The military can afford to pursue large projects that the private sector often can't; they've got the money, resources, and no requirement to work towards an end consumer product that can be sold for profit.

            https://www.google.com/search?q=civilian+products+from+military+technology

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              October 24, 2017 4:12 AM

              ^^^ found the defense contractor.

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                October 26, 2017 8:47 AM

                Nope, just former military who gets a kick out of all the misconceptions about the military.

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              October 24, 2017 7:17 AM

              I look at VR as a great educational tool to help people experience things they’d never have an opportunity to experience. The Apollo lunar lander thing is a great demonstration of this, as are 3D videos that allow us to experience life and see other cultures in ways many of us will never have the ability to do.

              When I think VR and military applications, I picture it being hooked up to UAVs to blast people from the sky — I think we have enough tech to blast people from armchairs in the US without Lucky dipping his fingers into the military industrial complex pot to stuff his already-full wallet with blood money.

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                October 26, 2017 8:45 AM

                Using UAVs to "blast people from the sky" is actually only a very small part of how they're used by the military; it's just more heavily publicized for obvious reasons. Regardless of your personal feelings about the guy, any innovation that can help save lives on the ground, US or otherwise, should be welcomed. And to my original point: investment in military tech has a high chance of also benefiting the civilian side as well.

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      October 23, 2017 10:49 AM

      Someone should shop a missle onto that Time cover. Cmon guys this is like low hanging karma fruit.

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      October 23, 2017 11:17 AM

      Keenan fucking Feldspar

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      October 23, 2017 11:24 AM

      Palmer Luckey is a traitorous slime ball.

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      October 23, 2017 12:26 PM

      Hahaha, the caption on the bottom picture. So perfect. :)

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      October 23, 2017 2:40 PM

      And the science gets done
      And you make a neat gun
      For the people who are
      Still alive

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      October 23, 2017 2:42 PM

      Omg that picture. He’s going to start Skynet

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      October 23, 2017 2:45 PM

      hilarious

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      October 23, 2017 2:45 PM

      i was a defense contractor

      good times

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      October 23, 2017 2:47 PM

      Oh you mean this guy?

      https://twitter.com/BasedOps/status/922316546050891776

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        October 23, 2017 2:49 PM

        Yup. That guy.

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        October 23, 2017 2:53 PM

        I'd play F, M, K . but it's just K on all 3.

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        October 23, 2017 3:08 PM

        What’s his fucking deal? God what garbage person.

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          October 23, 2017 3:10 PM

          He's an extreme right wing piece of garbage that paid for troll farms to help Trump. The exact opposite of security in the world.

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        October 23, 2017 3:09 PM

        Projectile vomits respect for humanity

        I'm going to get a drink.

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        October 23, 2017 3:11 PM

        I should probably focus on bannon, the border wall construction tshirt or general whiff of alt right tinpot nazi on display but I cant get over the child molester goatee and shirt pattern/cargo short combo.

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        October 23, 2017 3:35 PM

        JFC

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        October 23, 2017 5:32 PM

        Jesus.

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        October 23, 2017 6:04 PM

        Fucking

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        October 23, 2017 6:34 PM

        Christ.

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        October 23, 2017 8:03 PM

        rudds dropping a giant bomb.

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        October 23, 2017 9:09 PM

        Fucking shit monger.

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        October 23, 2017 9:14 PM

        The international sign for asshole?

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        October 23, 2017 10:15 PM

        start a fire and lock the doors

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          October 23, 2017 10:17 PM

          also disgusting for alt righters to try to steal the adjective 'based'

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            October 23, 2017 10:18 PM

            it's not an "ok sign" it's "this is how i hold my dick"

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            October 23, 2017 10:46 PM

            They took our cartoon frogs

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        October 24, 2017 12:32 AM

        Hope they die soon

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        October 24, 2017 3:33 AM

        So is this guy or notch a less deserving millionaire?

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      October 23, 2017 3:04 PM

      VR is freakin huge in the DOD right now. So that's probably not a bad idea.

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      October 23, 2017 3:46 PM

      Martin Shkreli?

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      October 23, 2017 3:49 PM

      Shacknews can probably find Russian links to Palmer and get some journalism award or something.

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      October 23, 2017 4:38 PM

      Fuck Palmer Luckey

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        October 23, 2017 9:15 PM

        No thanks, I'll pass.

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        October 23, 2017 11:28 PM

        I think you meant to say "Palmer Luckey is a Piece of Shit"

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        October 24, 2017 12:01 AM

        I still can't believe this is an actual thing that happened.

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          October 24, 2017 12:12 AM

          From gamergate to pizzagate. :(

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      October 24, 2017 12:12 AM

      who is worse? Palmer Luckey, Notch, or Kim Kardashian

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      October 24, 2017 2:47 AM

      John Carmack made this guy.

      John.

      Carmack.

      And here we are, in 2017, and I’m now a bigger fan of Romero than Carmack.

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        October 24, 2017 3:35 AM

        Yup. Carmack is smart as fuck but it sounds like he can definitely be a dick. Romero just comes across as 100% cool dude by now.

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          October 24, 2017 4:09 AM

          Daikatana would've been quite the lesson in humility.

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      October 24, 2017 4:14 AM

      Palmer Luckey Can't Lose

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      October 24, 2017 11:33 AM

      It's pretty hilarious that he named his defense company after a mythical sword from the Lord of the Rings.