Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus and a new defense startup, told CNBC on Friday that Alphabet’s Google should have renewed its contract with the Department of Defense.
“I think they were making a mistake” in letting the contract expire, said Luckey, a supporter of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. “It’s really important that the United States maintains a technological leadership. It’s important that our military retains a technological leadership.”
Google’s government contract, which focused on artificial intelligence, expired earlier this year. But the tech giant has faced backlash in the past week for its continued AI work in Shanghai after billionaire tech investor and Trump supporter Peter Thiel called the company treasonous.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Luckey sold his Oculus