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  • This is the Interceptor.

  • It's the creation of Palmer Luckey,

  • who might be the world's most unlikely weapons mogul.

  • He's the founder of a multibillion dollar,

  • virtual reality company.

  • He's also a polarizing figure in Silicon Valley.

  • My name is Palmer Luckey, and I'm the founder of Anduril.

  • I wanna build a big company.

  • I wanna build a company that's worth billions of dollars.

  • I wanna become one of the major defense contractors,

  • that's building technology for the United States government.

  • And I'm proud to say that, I'm happy to say that,

  • and I hope we get there.

  • At his previous company,

  • the virtual reality headset maker, Oculus Rift,

  • Luckey had the idea to build a futuristic consumer device,

  • combining low cost components with sophisticated software.

  • He sold Oculus to Facebook for about $2 billion in 2014.

  • Two years later,

  • just a month before the 2016 presidential election,

  • The Daily Beast reported he'd given $10,000

  • to a group of Trump supporters,

  • to fund billboards featuring insulting messages

  • about Hillary Clinton.

  • In 2017, Facebook announced that Luckey

  • was no longer an employee.

  • I was fired.

  • We can all be honest about it.

  • It became the rare HR decision

  • to make it into a congressional hearing.

  • CEO, have you ever made hiring

  • or firing decisions based on political positions,

  • or what candidates they supported?

  • No

  • Why was Palmer Luckey fired?

  • That is a specific personnel matter

  • that seems like it would be inappropriate to speak--

  • You just made a specific representation

  • that you didn't make decisions based on political views.

  • Is that accurate? Well, I can commit

  • that it was not because of a political view.

  • Anduril has followed Luckey's Oculus playbook,

  • using off-the-shelf components,

  • in an industry much more suited to his politics.

  • Over the course of a few months, earlier this year,

  • the company built a cheap version of its drone,

  • made a smartphone video,

  • and started showing it to people at the Pentagon.

  • It's a little crazy,

  • but I think that is definitely the way that it's going.

  • I mean, all these other systems, like, where they,

  • there are people who propose shooting drones

  • out of the sky with a laser, or with a missile,

  • or you know, that's not really a good way to take out,

  • let's say, a hundred drones

  • that are attacking you from all different directions.

  • The only thing that can take out a swarm of fast drones,

  • is a bigger swarm of faster drones,

  • and that's exactly what we're building.

  • Here's some Interceptors.

  • This one has a experimental parachute release mechanism.

  • So that the idea is, after it runs into something,

  • if it really destroys it drive train,

  • rather than falling to the ground,

  • it can pop a parachute and fall to the ground safely.

  • Pops this thing, pops open, and there's the parachute.

  • I think that's one of the reasons

  • that our customers like us so much.

  • I mean, they're used to going to people who have like,

  • here's this white paper.

  • Here's this idea that we have.

  • We want you to pay us by the hour,

  • so that we can research it,

  • and figure out if it makes sense.

  • And if it does, you'll pay us by the hour to make it.

  • And then, if it doesn't, you'll pay us until it does work.

  • And we're going to them and saying

  • "We do this ourselves, we used our own money,

  • "we got it done in a matter of weeks, and here it is."

  • Anduril has shipped

  • several hundred Interceptors to military bases.

  • It also has contracts with

  • the US Customs and Border Protection agency,

  • to provide surveillance equipment to use

  • at the border with Mexico.

  • Workers at other tech companies,

  • such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Palantir,

  • have all objected to doing similar work,

  • leading to protests by the employees and activists.

  • Luckey insists that Anduril's work isn't partisan.

  • There's a lot of people who,

  • I think, falsely conflate border security

  • with immigration policy.

  • And, I don't care what you believe on immigration policy,

  • even if you want to have totally open immigration.

  • Anyone can come into the United States

  • and instantly become a citizen.

  • You should still want to have strong border security.

  • The company's surveillance technology

  • consists of large towers, packed with sensors,

  • and small surveillance drones that can be set up along

  • the border, or at military bases, to guard the perimeter.

  • So, this is one of our sentry towers,

  • it is a totally autonomous, solar powered infrastructure,

  • independent security tower.

  • So, by placing these towers every few miles,

  • you can end up with a nearly perfect picture

  • of everything that's going on in a really large area.

  • And then that is very easy for an operator to read.

  • These are being used right now by the DOD,

  • by the Department of Homeland Security,

  • along military bases, the border,

  • and a lot of other critical infrastructure.

  • Anduril's future success relies largely

  • on the military's continued concern

  • that the US could lose to China in an arms race

  • based on artificial intelligence.

  • Our technology is far behind

  • the consumer area in many places.

  • And we're also far behind our adversaries

  • in a lot of places.

  • People should be more worried than they are,

  • about falling behind,

  • 'cause it's not something that's gonna happen someday.

  • It's already happened.

  • Critics say, technologists, like Luckey,

  • have an ethical duty to stay out of the weapons business.

  • But neither the military, nor Anduril's investors

  • share their concerns.

  • The company recently raised a $120 million investment round,

  • valuing it at about $1 billion.

This is the Interceptor.

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