The tech start-up says the United States needs Silicon Valley to compete with China. Others fear a deadly arms race.

(Illustration by Elena Lacey/The Washington Post; iStock) It scored a $249 million contract last year to provide a range of AI tech to the Department of Defense. Scale also counts the Army, Air Force, the Marine Corps University and military truck maker Oshkosh among its individual customers.

AdvertisementIn May, Scale became the first AI company to have a “large language model” — the tech behind chatbots such as ChatGPT — deployed on a classified network after it signed a deal […]

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