back to article Palantir bags $480M from Pentagon to inject battlefield AI into the entire military

Palantir is unlikely to put critics at ease with its latest US government contract: A $480 million award from the Pentagon's Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) to get the data-gobbling biz's Maven AI warfighting code in the hands of the entire DoD.  Details on the contract, awarded yesterday for a Maven …

  1. ecofeco Silver badge
    Pirate

    This is NOT good news.

    Palantir is one seriously dirty company.

    Search "Palantir scandals". Skip the first few lines results. There are pages and pages of skullduggery after that.

    I've heard but bad things about them since day one. These are the guys that want and MAKE the backdoors.

    1. Felonmarmer

      Re: This is NOT good news.

      I have to keep reminding myself that they chose the name Palantir, the communication device of the evil side in LOTR, for themselves. A benign device used for evil purposes by it's users, and the fictional device is just as bad.

  2. Tron Silver badge

    It's AI, so...

    ...it's probably a good idea for the residents of Moscow, Idaho to consider moving.

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: It's AI, so...

      WHY

      if theres one thing you can be sure its that AMerica is yellow.

      Just ask Ukraine how America has denied them NATO membership for over 10 years. 100 years ago UK and France declared war on Germany when it invaded Belgium and Poland, today America did nothing.

      Thi sis yet another scam where heroes take money from tax payers and when it really counts do nothing to actually stand up to a bully.

      1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

        Re: It's AI, so...

        Germany didn't have nukes. Minor detail, I know. Almost not worth mentioning.

        There's also the fact that no one in the west really wants to get into another war right now. Combine that with weapons being a lot more expensive, lack of war-scale production capacity, and a "not our problem" attitude, and the political power for the US to actually getting anything done being non-existent, consumed by one side blocking whatever the other side proposed, good or bad, and well, here we are.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Terminator

    Here comes Skynet, better get ready to battle the bots!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No more Friendly Fire ?

    “ According to the KY Guard, MSS uses "AI-generated algorithms and memory learning capabilities to scan and identify enemy systems" and distinguish them from other objects in drone footage of an operational area.”

    I assume ‘other objects’ means friendly fire incidents. Future Alliance Troops will be delighted.

    1. Korev Silver badge
      Terminator

      Re: No more Friendly Fire ?

      Or weddings...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pick the correct version

    A: "to get the data-gobbling biz's Maven AI warfighting code in the hands of the entire DoD"

    B: "to get the entire DoD in the hands of the data-gobbling AI warfighting code"

    C: "to get the entire DoD in the hands of the data-gobbling biz"

    Time to put your bets people. When looking on the positive side, the project's budget will likely triple and four more follow up contracts to actually work and not be broken.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: Pick the correct version

      Obviously C. They'll happily play the long con, gradually getting more and more access.

  6. nijam Silver badge

    > Palantir bags $480M from Pentagon to inject battlefield AI into the entire military.

    next article:

    Palantir bags $480M from UK Govt to inject battlefield AI into the entire NHS

  7. martinusher Silver badge

    Idenitfying targets?

    If I read this correctly (and I've read about this elsewhere) this type of system is already in use in Gaza and seems to be at least partially responsible for the wholesale carnage visited on the population there. Which does beg the question as to why you need an expensive AI system to identify targets when all you are doing is dropping large bombs on groups of essentially defenseless people?

    Based on Ukraine experience the track record of NATO weapons systems hasn't been exactly stellar. Each system is heralded as a 'game changer' only to then fizzle out in action because of quantity, quality and reliability issues. Everything is incredibly expensive, it all seems to be designed for blitzkreig type campaigns against either lightly armed irregulars or desert armies equipped with obsolete weapons. This doesn't fill me with a whole lot of confidence, it sounds like yet another half-billion flushed down the toilet.

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