Monday, 6th February 2023
<To guardian.ng
Search

Tech’s most controversial startup is disrupting the business of War

By Bloomberg
06 October 2019   |   7:52 am
Founded by Palmer Luckey and backed by Peter Thiel, Anduril is manufacturing nimble attack drones for the U.S. military. But being a defense contractor is not a popular ambition in Silicon Valley lately, as concerns about high-tech surveillance and weaponry go beyond anti-Trump sentiment. (Video Producers: Max Chafkin, Diana Suryakusuma; Director of Photography: Sam Price-Waldman; Editor: Bobby Moser; Sound Design: Cadell Cook; Narration: Mark Leydorf)

Related

11 Oct 2021
Facebook is facing a historic crisis. Revelations by former data scientist-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen have shed light inside the notoriously secretive tech giant. She says Facebook harms children, sparks division and undermines democracy in pursuit of astronomical profits. Her allegations are backed by the leak of tens of thousands of internal documents.
24 Oct 2021
A robotic dog stole the limelight at the Milipol defence and security trade fair near Paris on Tuesday. The 22nd edition of Milipol Paris takes place from Oct. 19 to 22 and plays host to dozens of countries, including Israel, United States and Switzerland. The robotic dog costs "under $1 million", according to Ghost Robotics special projects head Tom Jacobs. He adds that the technology that has advanced in the past few years has enabled the robot dog to keep its balance in difficult terrain
24 Oct 2021
DW spoke with Maria Ressa about journalism, facts and democracy. The Philippines-based journalist warned that tech companies are grabbing power and money while abdicating responsibility.
1 Dec 2021
As Russia and China attempt to master sophisticated technologies, the head of MI6 is set to warn that "unlike Q in the Bond movies, we cannot do it all in-house."
13 Dec 2021
Governments have set their eyes on the world's largest tech companies. But why has Big Tech come under so much fire? And how did it get so "Big" in the first place?
29 Dec 2021
A rapid uptake in technology has made living through a pandemic easier and safer. But regulators are starting to ask: at what cost?
20 Jan 2022
Nigeria's agri-tech companies are trying to address the challenges faced by smallholder farmers, as well as provide access to inputs, credit, and markets.
20 Jan 2022
Margrethe Vestager is a leader who is admired and feared at the same time – for taking up the fight against big tech companies. As the EU’s competition commissioner, she’s considered to be one of the most powerful women in Europe. How did she manage to make it all the way to the top? Let’s find out.
3 Feb 2022
Denmark is the EU's first nation to lift all domestic Covid restrictions, raising hopes in northern Europe and beyond. Here in France, new infections have never been higher, but the authorities are relaxing rules too. That's because the vaccination rate is near 90 percent and hospitals are managing. The omicron variant is more infectious but milder. Milder if you are vaccinated, warns the World Health Organization. Many nations remain vulnerable.
14 Feb 2022
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are being held in a "closed-loop" system, where participants and visitors are separated from the public because of Covid-19. It's the perfect environment to push the limits of modern technology and Beijing is showcasing a whole host of innovations, from 5G to robots and from 8K broadcasting to its digital currency, the e-CNY. Peter O'Brien takes us through some of the breakthroughs and controversies surrounding tech at the Games.
6 Mar 2022
Burkina Faso's junta chief orders a three-year transition period before elections. Also, a fourth witness testifies before the ICC against Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru in a bribery case. And Africa's largest innovation event returns to Lagos. The city hosts tech enthusiasts from around the world to reimagine innovation and renew a collective commitment to bring ideas and prosperity to the continent.
4 Mar 2022
One week after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US enterprise software giant Oracle has suspended its Russian operations, while Amazon is pledging logistical and cybersecurity support for Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia's sovereign credit rating has been slashed to junk status by two major ratings agencies and the Moscow Stock Exchange is closed for a fourth consecutive day. We also take a closer look at how the US and EU are working on measures to make sure cryptocurrencies are not used to circumvent sanctions on Russia.