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After the young entrepreneur Palmer Luckey sold off Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 Billion, he stayed on at the company for awhile, only to later completely part ways with that which he created – mostly due to his politics not lining up with the majority of Silicon Valley.
Now, he’s doubling down, backing new tech supported by the politics that earned him the scorn of many writers and their furious articles.
The new statement from Luckey confirms that he’s working on a new startup focused on utilizing camera and sensor technology to monitor border crossings, sort of like a virtual equivalent to President Trump’s proposed wall.
His plan is to use the same technology being used for self-driving cars to protect military bases, detect drones, and naturally – stop illegal border crossings.
“We are spending more than ever on defense technology, yet the pace of innovation has been slowing for decades,” Luckey said in an email statement. “We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer.”
Luckey is somewhat of a libertarian, however is politics and outspoken nature on various digital forums essentially backed him into a corner, forcing him to leave Facebook.
Despite the silicon valley tycoons abandoning him, his new startup is being embraced by Trump adviser Peter Thiel – another tech entrepreneur. Thiel plans to support Luckey’s new endeavor with his investment firm, Founders Fund.