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THE NOT-SO-SECRET SECRET TO the future of the world as it unfolds, one flight at a time : Drones.

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AS THE DRONE TOOK OFF AND SWOOPED between the hills, Mr. Luckey said it could track an object and capture detailed images from seven football fields away.

Using many of the artificial intelligence technologies that underpin self-driving cars, Andruil drones can identify and track vehicles, people and other objects largely on their own.

The drones are not armed, but could be useful, for guarding bases or reconnaissance. The same sensor technologies that allow drones to fly on their own could also be used to identify targets on a battlefield.

''Most engineers want to engineer. They want to get the stuff done.,'' the outspoken entrepreneur said as artillery fire echoed from a nearby range. ''Most people have a pretty practical view.''

The military and intelligence communities have a long history with research labs and tech companies in Silicon Valley, ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet, was funded by the Defense Department.

David Packard, one of the founders Hewlett-Packard, served as deputy secretary of defense under President Richard Nixon. Oracle, one of the biggest software companies, got its start writing computer code for the Central Intelligence Agency.

THE IDEA OF AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS has been controversial in Silicon Valley, and in recent years some in the tech industry have developed a new distrust of government work.

The distrust swelled in 2013 when the former defence contractor Edward J. Snowden leaked documents that revealed the breadth of spying on Americans by intelligence services, including monitoring the users of large Internet companies.

In 2018, pulled out of a Defense Department effort to develop artificial intelligence technology after sustained protests from company's workers.

Parts of Silicon Valley firmly draw the line at weaponization of their creations. Mike Volpi, a partner with venture capital firm Index Ventures, said that Anduril's drone technology impressed him but that his firm would not invest in any company whose technology could be used with weapons.

''There are many ways to make money, Mr. Volpi said. ''If a company has a stated strategy to hurt people, we would not invest.''

But a growing array of venture capital firms see things differently. Anduril is backed by several notable ones, including Founders Fund, created by the PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel; Andressen Horowitz, and General Catalyst.

''We have the greatest technologists in the world in Silicon Valley,'' said Kayherine Biyle, a General Catalyst partner. ''We really need to have Silicon Valley working with Washington

Over the rolling, scrub-spotted hills of the Southern California coast, where defense contractors once tested rockets and lasers for President Ronald Readan's ''Star Wars'' missile defense programme, which looked like a big, mechanical insect stalked a white pickup truck.

Half a mile away, the 28-year-old Palmer Luckey, one of the tech industry's proudest iconoclasts, talked excitedly about the military potential of the flying machine - a self piloting drone, called Ghost, that his start-up company Anduril built.

''You can just set it up and then go do something else while it maneuvers, he said.

Asked if their drone technology could be used alongside weapons, some startups say it could. This, they argue, will be an essential part of the U/S. efforts to maintain military parity with other companies.

''Most people understand that this is part of what the military does,'' Mr. Luckey said.

Shield AI is fashioning autonomous drones for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance in combat. But Skydio, a drone company in Silicon Valley founded by former Google employee, is more cautious.

''We are putting weapons on the drone.'' the chief executive, Adam Bry said. ''Weaponization is the one thing where you want less automation, not more.''

''You just say, ''Find this thing,'' And that's what it does,'' Mr. Luckey said.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Science, Technology and Drones, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Cade Metz.

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