Is Silicon Valley about to amp up their partnerships with the US military?
While Google pulled out of their work with the Pentagon in Project Maven, others in Silicon Valley disagree with the decision.
One of those people is Peter Thiel, a billionaire Silicon Valley investor and the co-founder of Paypal.
He wants to see Big Tech in America step up their game.
Not step out of it.
“The China dynamic has changed things tremendously in the last few years. China is going to force us to compete, to think much harder, [about] how we can deploy technologies much faster.”
What’s prompting his support for Big Tech and Big Government to team up?
A Govini study that shows that the US’s share of global research and development spending has dropped a lot since 1967. Back then, it was at 60%.
Today, it’s less than 30%.
China, however, has increased their spending tremendously. They have a larger share today than the US did at the height of the Cold War.
“I think we have a serious space race with China. We have a serious A.I. race. I’ve complained in the past about Google’s – I think [it was a] very problematic decision to pull out on the MIT Project Maven – the AI project with the US military – and to continue to work with China, which I think is sort of a shocking, unprecedented thing for a major American company, not to work with the US, but indirectly to work with our geopolitical rivals or military.”
“I think, you know, I think that when it’s a choice between the US and China, it is always the ethical decision to work with the US government.”
And Jeff Bezos of Amazon seems to agree.
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