The Special Forces, the Joint Staff, and all branches of the US armed services will now have access to artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities courtesy to a $229 million contract that the Defense Department gave to Palantir.
Palantir extends the US defense contract that sparked a Google protest. The $229 million contract is an extension of a technology project for image recognition that Google shelved. Peter Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, collaborates with law enforcement organizations in the US and abroad, including in Qatar, to provide surveillance technologies and data analytics for tracking and following people. According to the company, its products aid in the organization of enormous amounts of data, enabling users to see trends and other crucial information that would otherwise be difficult to locate.