Defense tech startup founded by Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporters wins secretive military AI contract


What happens when the computers are smart enough to hire lobbyists?

Sort of a joke. But sort of not a joke.

(From The Intercept)

Publicly filed lobbying disclosures show that Anduril paid $290,000 last year to Invariant, a lobbying firm founded by Heather Podesta, a Democratic fundraiser known for her extensive relationships in Washington, D.C., including with Hillary Clinton. The lobbying effort focused on shaping the border security appropriations issued by Congress, as well as on educating lawmakers on “artificial intelligence and autonomous systems and their application to military force protection,” according to the filings.

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