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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Opens Defense Tech Start-up

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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.


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12 comments
  1. Cy
    Cy
    June 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Good. I hope he ends up being successful with this.

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    June 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Pretty ballsy of him. That should be the approach of all attacked by the SJW mob – never apologise and move on.

  3. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

    That idea does sound pretty cool. A virtual wall probably doesn’t have the same appeal as a real, physical one though.

  4. InkViper
    InkViper
    June 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Well this is definitely going to ruffle some feathers.

  5. VirtualBoyColor
    VirtualBoyColor
    June 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    So this is what he’s been working on while keeping a low profile after being chased by the press.
    And for maximum salt, Peter Thiel is also on this.

    Expecting a media blitz against both of them anytime soon.

  6. le master trole
    le master trole
    June 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

    the hero we need

  7. bladestorm91
    bladestorm91
    June 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Wait… this is real? I almost thought this was satire. Holy shit Palmer, you are one wild guy.

  8. Lionhart16
    Lionhart16
    June 8, 2017 at 1:17 am

    That’s a cool dude right there. ;)

  9. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    June 8, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Lol, I usually joke about making the wall a fence that solidifies when it detects people, but now it might actually be possible.