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Palmer Luckey, Oculus, Anduril and Arjuna’s Dilemma in the #metaverse

Metaverse Australia News: Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus and his Defence Contractor company Anduril’s deal with the Australian Navy. Plus Metaverse jobs are worthless and defence is spiritually fulfilling (Luckey says).

Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus and his Defence Contractor company Anduril’s deal with the Australian Navy. Plus Metaverse jobs are worthless and defence is spiritually fulfilling (Luckey says).

Metaverse Mentor and Metaverse News with Laurel Papworth

Transcript of the Metaverse News Video

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Hello, and welcome to Metaverse News. And my name is Laurel Papworth. Today we’re going to look at Palmer Luckey and his recent visit to Australia. If you’re unfamiliar with Palmer, he’s 29 years old. I believe he’s the birthday day boy next week, so happy birthday.

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And he is the founder of Oculus, Oculus VR, Oculus Rift, developer of Oculus Rift, which he then sold that company to Facebook, to Meta, who we’re not sure why, but eventually sacked him and then he sued them. I believe he won and he since started up a second company, the defence contractor Anduril, Anduril I’m not sure if I’m saying that correctly which uses emergent tech for applications in the military space, like drones. Palmer Luckey was here in Australia a few weeks ago announcing a deal with the Australian Defence Force around naval capabilities. In fact, Anduril Industries in Australia have done a deal with the Navy for undersea vehicles and the deal is worth around $100 million. While he was here, Palmer Luckey said that people working in the Metaverse jobs were worthless and that developers in virtual worlds and virtual reality were wasting their time.

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He said working for the defence industry, having a defence contractor company was professionally fulfilling, spiritually fulfilling and fiscally fulfilling, which would be an interesting take. I would suggest, if you want to investigate that kind of Path further, that you look at Arjuna’s dilemma in Bhagavad Gita to understand where he’s coming from. But I would say that we’ve not heard the last of Palmer Luckey. And just to frame that with the mash up of Metaverse, virtual reality, military applications and how the world is changing in that space. As always, if you’re interested in the links and the resources, I have them on my website, metaversementor.com.au

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and I have a Metaverse course coming up at the beginning of October, just for a small number of people, and we’re going to spend some time going through the basics of business and government with the Metaverse. It’s not a technical create virtual worlds course, it’s a strategic, campaign based course. So hopefully I’ll see you there. Thank you. Bye.

Resources mentioned in the Metaverse News Video

Anduril Australia https://www.anduril.com/article/defence-technology-company-anduril-expands-globally-to-australia/

Anduril Australian Navy https://www.anduril.com/article/anduril-and-the-royal-australian-navy-to-partner-on-extra-large-autonomous-undersea-vehicles/ 

The Conversation https://theconversation.com/virtual-reality-autonomous-weapons-and-the-future-of-war-military-tech-startup-anduril-comes-to-australia-188983 

Zuckerberg firing Luckey https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17221042/mark-zuckerberg-palmer-luckey-ted-cruz-senate-hearing-political-bias-firing 

Smart Company https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/news/anduril-founder-palmer-luckey-military-tech/

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