A multi-millionaire AI expert plans to make soldiers "invincible technomancers".
Ex-Facebook virtual reality executive Palmer Luckey said US troops will soon have wizard-like control over technology.
He said he will create state-of-the-art AI war machines that soldiers can command like characters from fantasy video games.
The Anduril founder tweeted on Thursday: "We just raised $450M(£326m) in Series D funding for Anduril.
“It will be used to turn American and allied warfighters into invincible technomancers who wield the power of autonomous systems to safely accomplish their mission. Our future roadmap is going to blow you away, stay tuned!"
He added his start-up company is now valued at $4.6 (£3.3) billion.
A technomancer is a sci-fi fantasy term for a wizard-like character witih magical powers through the use of technology.
Elad Gil, who led the funding round, warned society wasn't prepared for the growing number of threats from natural disasters to cyberattacks, CNBC reports.
He said Anduril provides “sensor networks, towers, drones, and powerful software that ties it all together — whose potential uses include protecting our troops on base, defending our energy infrastructure, combating wildfires, stopping human traffickers, creating a “virtual border” (a rare bipartisan idea), and fighting drug cartels. Many of these potential uses can directly save lives.”
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Luckey sold Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion before he was fired in 2017 amid controversy for his political donations and financial support of far-right groups.
His start-up defense company provides border control technology using state-of-the-art AI cameras and sensors to track movement.
The company said it’s capable of deploying its artificial intelligence platform, called Lattice, in other places, such as military bases in the US to help detect and track intrusions by other people and vehicles, including drones.
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Meanwhile other tech companies are working to make American troops more lethal.
Microsoft won an Army contract in March worth up to $21.9 billion to provide special versions of its HoloLens augmented reality headsets to US fighters.
Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital, Valor Equity Partners and D1 Capital all participated in the funding round for Anduril.
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