It’s not personal, it’s strictly business. “If you go into battle with old school technology…and you have an adversary that knows how to install and implement digitalized targeting in A.I., you obviously are at a massive disadvantage.” Was that an American general? No, it was the CEO of Palantir. The Ukraine invasion may seem like a distant war from your perspective. But it’s a new front in the battle for Silicon Valley to sell its wares. NYT (Gift Article): Start-Ups Bring Silicon Valley Ethos to a Lumbering Military-Industrial Complex.”Each of these systems is getting real-world testing in the war in Ukraine, earning praise from top government officials there and validating investors who have been pouring money into the field.”

+ It’s not business, it’s strictly personal. The New Yorker’s Luke Mogelson spent weeks in a place where the war isn’t viewed as a theater for testing tech advances or selling wares, it’s viewed in terms of life and death. Two Weeks at the Front in Ukraine. “‘The first couple of weeks, I was so f-cking scared … I ran whenever there was shooting.’ Gunshots and explosions gave him migraines, which exacerbated his anxiety. He’d been there for six weeks and had not so much mastered his fear as accepted the illogic of running: there was nowhere to escape to. All the same, he was so timid by nature that it was difficult to imagine him repulsing a Russian attack. ‘I hate weapons and violence,’ he said with wide-eyed incredulity, as if he still could not believe where he was. ‘I’m just trying to stay alive until I can get home.'”