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  • 'Mayhem' rules as DARPA's battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

    08/10/2016 9:49:20 PM PDT · by Company Man · 10 replies
    Foxnews Tech ^ | August 08, 2016 | Allison Barrie
    "In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks against attacks without a human typing at a keyboard. This software is designed to identify threats and react to, defend, and seal off vulnerabilities from future attacks."
  • DARPA Prepares to Unleash a Storm of "Gremlins" on U.S. Foes

    04/16/2016 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 16th, 2016 | Rich Smith
    Six months in the making, DARPA's Gremlins program is finally getting off the ground -- and that statement probably requires a bit of explaining. "DARPA" is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the "mad scientists" division of the Pentagon, responsible for funding and developing leading-edge technologies that can be employed in warfare. Respectively, "Gremlins" is one such technology. As previously revealed by DARPA, Gremlins aims to develop fleets of "low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems" (aka drones) that can be launched from other aircraft, perform their missions, and then return to land back aboard their motherships -- an acrobatic feat to...
  • Your First Look at the Pentagon’s New Unmanned Sub Chaser. (VIDEO)

    04/03/2016 12:06:52 PM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | 160331 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first footage of its prototype unmanned anti-submarine ship being developed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines over long distances. The new vessel was launched in January at Vigor’s shipyard in Portland, Oregon, where it has quietly been under construction for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During a speed tests in February, the vessel reached a top speed of 27 knots.... (snip)
  • DARPA unveils its next VTOL aircraft concept

    03/05/2016 1:00:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    AFS's concept would employ the same 4,000 HP engine used by the V-22 to generate 3 MW of electrical power that will drive the 24 ductless fans spread across its rear wings and front canards. These fans will rotate, as you can see in the image above, enabling the X-Plane to seamlessly transition from a hover to forward flight. "This VTOL X-plane won't be in volume production in the next few years but is important for the future capabilities it could enable," DARPA program manager, Ashish Bagai, said. "Imagine electric aircraft that are more quiet, fuel-efficient and adaptable and are...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • US military shelves Google robot plan over 'noise concerns'

    12/30/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud". The Legged Squad Support System, referred to by some as "the big dog," is capable of carrying 400lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain. But the US Marines now say its petrol-powered engine is too noisy for them to use in battle. ... The LS3 was developed by Boston Dynamics, a robotics firm acquired by Google in 2013 - as part of a tie-up with the Pentagon's research arm, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The robot...
  • Where's George? And where's Doug? [new "fake but accurate" scandals??]

    07/20/2006 11:58:59 PM PDT · by Enchante · 51 replies · 1,475+ views
    Classical Values ^ | 7/20/06 | Eric at Classical Values
    Which means at this point that the burden is on Mr. Thompson to supply evidence: # that there is a "George Harleigh"; and # and that he is the man described and quoted in innumerable articles, who taught Political Science at SIU and worked in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. If "George Harleigh" is a pseudonym, that fact should be disclosed, and if there is a person calling himself "George Harleigh" whose remarks are being repeated, it falls on Doug Thompson to provide some evidence that this man is who he says he is. Under the circumstances, until I hear...
  • DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers’ brains

    09/28/2015 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Fusion ^ | 09/27/15 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that could one day enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs...
  • DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers’ brains, according to this new book

    09/28/2015 12:08:01 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Fusion ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.
  • DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars

    06/27/2015 8:25:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies
    Hacked ^ | 6/25/15 | Giulio Prisco
    DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars Biotech, Space, Synthetic Biology June 25, 2015 by Giulio Prisco 435SHARES TwitterLinkedinFacebook The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes that it's on the way to creating synthetic organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth, Motherboard reports.Speaking at a recent biotech conference hosted by DARPA, Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO) said: For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • Self-Steering Bullets Pass Live-Fire Military Tests

    Smart bullets or self-steering bullets, are being developed by the U.S. Military. Progress is reportedly moving swiftly with the.50 caliber ammo equipped with optical sensors. The smart bullets recently passed a series of live-fire tests, according to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency – DARPA.
  • Virginia Cop Detains Washington D.C. Television News Videographer [Title Shortened]

    04/23/2015 4:40:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    Photography is Not a Crime.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Carlos Miller
    A Virginia police officer detained a television news videographer Tuesday because his camera vest could have been tactical gear. The incident was captured on cell phone video by veteran investigator reporter Russ Ptacek from WUSA9, who posted it on Twitter along with photos of the detainment. The video is posted below. The cop was from the Arlington County Police Department, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
  • DARPA Is Getting Closer to an Iron Man Suit

    12/06/2014 5:55:58 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/04/14 | Erik Schechter
    The Army doesn't have an Iron Man suit. Yet. But the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Warrior Web program is a step closer to developing a soft, low-powered exosuit that will augment the physical capabilities of soldiers. Worn under the uniform, the proposed suit will allow troops to carry 100-plus pounds of equipment without risking the joint and back injuries that typically accumulate in the field.
  • China mounts third hypersonic 'Wu-14' missile test, US report says

    12/05/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 06 December, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    The People's Liberation Army conducted a third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week after the weapon's second test failed in August, according to a US report. The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed the "Wu-14" by the United States, was spotted by US intelligence agencies on Tuesday during a flight test in western China, US-based online newspaper the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing US defence officials. The US officials said the test was part of China's strategic nuclear programme and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of penetrating US defences. The tests indicated that China's development of a strike...
  • Ali Al-Timimi, al-Qaeda and Anthrax

    10/29/2007 2:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies · 768+ views
    JAWA Report ^ | October 29, 2007 03:48 PM | Howie
    Ali al-Timimi will be serving life for sedition. Specifically he was recruiting for al-Qaeda from the US. Scary enough, but read the whole article. It appears al-Qaeda had infiltrated US biodefense and has supporters/agents with access to the Ames strain of anthrax and the know how to make dried concentrated forms of the spores.Via Bloggernews.net:A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to...
  • DARPA May Have a Way to Stop Ebola in Its Tracks

    09/10/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Qiviut · 23 replies
    New Republic ^ | September 9, 2014 | Brian Till
    Last week, as experts assembled at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there was a glaring absence in the public discourse: an accurate assessment of the U.S. government’s capacity to produce ZMapp, one of the experimental drugs under discussion for speeded approval. The drug, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies that has now been used in the treatment of at least seven Ebola patients, five of whom survived, has the potential to be an exceptional therapy against the virus. But the world’s supply is currently exhausted, and production of even several...
  • Facebook Connections To The C.I.A. and D.A.R.P.A

    09/04/2014 6:46:15 PM PDT · by Shadow · 3 replies
    The Real News Online.com ^ | 01/19/2012 | Brian S Staveley
    Facebook was setup by the C.I.A. Try telling that to most people and they laugh at it. People seem to think its a coincidence that Facebook seems to be so intrusive over and over again. Privacy policies that would make anyone scratch their head. I'm not going to beat around the bush with this blog post. Facebook was setup by the C.I.A. as a data mining project to collect as much information on as many people as they could. Not only that but it also has very strong ties to D.A.R.P.A.
  • Four DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than The Internet

    07/14/2014 11:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Defense One ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Forty years ago, a group of researchers with military money set out to test the wacky idea of making computers talk to one another in a new way, using digital information packets that could be traded among multiple machines rather than telephonic, point-to-point circuit relays. The project, called ARPANET, went on to fundamentally change life on Earth under its more common name, the Internet. Today, the agency that bankrolled the Internet is called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which boasts a rising budget of nearly $3 billion split across 250 programs. They all have national security implications...
  • Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

    05/27/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 May 2014 | Jon Hamilton
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $26 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain. The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan."We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says Justin Sanchez, a program manager at DARPA.DARPA is known for taking on big technological challenges, from missile defense to creating...
  • Hey, it may be the mark of the beast, but we've made it SOOOOO COOL!

    05/19/2014 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5/19/14 | Dutchman6 a
    X DARPA Director & Google Exec Pushes Microchipping Human Beings
  • US Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Passes 500 Days in Orbit

    04/24/2014 9:19:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Space.com ^ | Aril 24, 2014 | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    An unmanned military space plane has achieved a major longevity milestone, zipping around Earth for 500 days on a clandestine mission for the United States government. The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane launched on its third and latest mission on Dec. 11, 2012. As of today (April 24), the vehicle has been aloft for 500 days — far longer than its officially stated maximum orbital lifetime of 270 days. "Clearly, and understandably, the Air Force initially set the expected parameters [of the X-37B] conservatively, not really knowing what it could do until it was tested — which is what...
  • Tiny swarm robots for microscale manufacturing

    04/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 12 replies
    boingboing ^ | Mon, Apr 21, 2014 | David Pescovitz
    SRI International is creating coordinated systems of tiny ant-like robots that can build larger structures. The aim is a swarm of magnetically-controlled bugbots that could construct electronic devices, conduct chemistry for lab-on-a-chip applications, or do other micro scale manufacturing. It's part of the US Department of Defense's "Open Manufacturing" program.
  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • This Massive Robot Could Soon Join Marines on the Battlefield

    11/24/2013 7:22:48 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    Defense One ^ | November 21, 2013 | Alexis Madrigal
    The future doesn't always arrive with a gasp and a boom like Skynet inTerminator. No, sometimes it's more like Office Space. At least that's the idea I get watching this video of the Marines' testing the Legged Squad Support System. DARPA built the LS3 to act as an autonomous pack horse that "can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to a trained animal and its handler." And yet, in the hands of real Marines, it sounds like they're testing a new network printer out,...
  • Star Wars: Made in China

    10/05/2013 7:59:24 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | October 5th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a shocking development the Chinese tested a satellite that’s capable of grabbing and capturing other satellites in orbit. This would suggest that China has militarized space and taken a significant step in its military development. Such capability would allow the Chinese to disable spy satellites anywhere and at any time. Of the 3 satellites China used, one was likely fixed with a robotic mechanical arm to capture a target while another was probably used for tracking the target spacecraft. The idea is to capture a satellite to download information and reverse engineer it. If an orbiting body is destroyed...
  • DARPA Expert Believes Moore’s Law to Remain Viable Till 2020 - 2022.

    08/30/2013 8:17:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 08/29/2013 11:50 PM | Anton Shilov
    From time to time various experts come up with predictions regarding the end of Moore’s law, economical and technological viability to double the number of transistors per chip every two years. Some companies believe that economical efficiencies of Moore’s law are going to drastically decrease on 20nm node. But a DARPA expert believes that the law will lose its feasibility in 2020 – 2022, or at 5nm or 7nm nodes.
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • What is DARPA Connect the Dots..a little history

    06/07/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 28 replies
    internet | 06/07/2013 | self
    DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was established 1958. It reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and operates independently of the rest of military research and development. Search XDATA and check past executives since zero took office.
  • SOCOM Wants Iron-Man Suits for A Teams

    06/01/2013 3:50:39 PM PDT · by Tamir Eshel · 20 replies
    Defense-Update ^ | June 1, 2013 | Tamir Eshel
    The US Special Operations Command is looking for revolutionary new gear assisting troops in exceeding human performance in combat. The idea sounds similar to a science fiction tale, but if the command will be successful in its quest – this time it may be real. The command has posted a Request For Information (RFI) to government research centers, academy and industry, to provide information that could contribute to the evolution of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS. Defense-Update reports.
  • Cracking the Whip On A. I. Research

    03/22/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    discovery ^ | Mar 22, 2013 12:33 PM ET // by | Nic Halverson
    As it stands, building artificially intelligent machines that can teach themselves is not only really difficult, it’s a painfully slow process. Looking to accelerate things, next month DARPA will begin to crack the whip with a program called Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML). Besides seeking to dramatically increase the number of people who can successfully build machine-learning applications, the program wants to radically increase the effectiveness of machine learning experts so they can create new applications beyond the limits of technology that’s currently available. “Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t require people to know everything...
  • Surface Combat Fleets: Obsolete?

    03/13/2013 11:58:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Surface Combat Fleets: Obsolete? By James R. Holmes America is developing its own carrier killer. Defense Industry Daily reports that the U.S. Navy has budgeted some $198 million through 2017 to fund a sorely needed replacement for its swiftly aging RGM-84 Harpoon antiship cruise missile. The workhorse Harpoon is rapidly being overtaken by rivals such as the Indian Navy's supersonic BrahMos, which outranges the American bird by a wide margin. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency started developing a subsonic and a supersonic variant of a long-range antiship cruise missile, or LRASM, in 2009. It subsequently dropped the supersonic LRASM-B...
  • (Operation Acoustic Kitty) The CIA's Secret Experiments to Turn Cats into Spies

    03/13/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 13, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies Want to know what's going to happen to animals in the next century? Then you must read science journalist Emily Anthes' new book Frankenstein's Cat, about how the animals of tomorrow will be transformed by high tech implants and genetic engineering. We've got an amazing excerpt from the book -- about how the CIA tried to create cyborg cat spies. "Robo Revolution," an excerpt from Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat....
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA

    02/13/2013 5:42:35 PM PST · by Doogle · 14 replies
    YT ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | FreakyVidsDaily
    ARGUS-IS camera....
  • THIS WEB FEATURE WILL DISAPPEAR IN 5 SECONDS

    01/28/2013 5:23:41 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    DARPA ^ | January 28, 2013 | Darpa Outreach
    New DARPA program seeks performers for transient electronics demonstration The sophisticated electronics used by war-fighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones can now be made at such a low cost that they are pervasive throughout the battlefield. These electronics have become necessary for operations, but it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. At the end of operations, these electronics are often found scattered across the battlefield and might be captured by the enemy and re-purposed or studied to compromise DoD’s strategic technological advantage.
  • Military Drones Prowl US Skies (Smile!! You're on camera or will be soon!)

    12/06/2012 7:58:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | TechNewsDaily Staff | LiveScience.com
    Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time. The Air Force has tested drones in U.S. skies ranging from hand-launched Ravens to the larger Reaper drones responsible for targeting and killing people overseas — all recorded through the Federal Aviation Administration licenses required to fly in national airspace. That information became public through a Freedom of Information Act request from the nonprofit digital rights organization Electronic...
  • DARPA studying pollen grains as vaccine delivery system

    12/05/2012 11:04:25 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    Vaccine News Daily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jeffrey Bigongiari
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the development of technology to package oral vaccines for delivery using pollen. The exterior of pollen grains are shells made of a non-allergenic, naturally durable polymer. The interior of the shell can be emptied, which eliminates any allergy-producing material, and then filled with vaccine, according to GlobalBiodefense.com. The shell’s durability also gives it a substantial advantage over traditional oral tablets because it serves to protect the vaccine while it is in the body. Stomach acids, for example, often limit a medication’s absorption. A pollen shell would protect the vaccine until it reaches...
  • Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone (video)

    10/23/2012 9:01:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    TED ^ | March 2012
    "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson) ...
  • The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun

    09/26/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 26, 2012 | Spencer Ackerman - Danger Room
    The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun In 1998, a secret Army intelligence analysis suggested a new way to take out enemies: blast them with electromagnetic energy until their brains overload and they start to convulse. Amazingly, it was an idea inspired by a Pokemon episode. Application of "electromagnetic pulses" could force neurons to all fire at once, causing a "disruption of voluntary muscle control," reads a description of a proposed seizure weapon, contained in a declassified document from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center. "It is thought by using a method...
  • Military funds robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

    09/07/2012 12:46:10 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 06 2012 | DEBORAH NETBURN
    DARPA's robotic cheetah has sprinted past another speed milestone: The four-legged robot can now officially run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Chalk one up for robots. Humankind, you appear to be losing your supremacy. A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one. If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set...
  • Who Really Invented the Internet?

    07/23/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 239 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2012 | L. GORDON CROVITZ
    Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war. A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet." It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon...
  • $500k To Dream About Star Adventure [from US Govt to...]

    05/30/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 29, 2012 | Corruption Chronicles
    In the midst of the nation’s dire financial crisis, the U.S. government has given a former astronaut half a million dollars to launch a seemingly delusional idea to send “explorers” to another star system. By the government’s own account it’s a “dream” that may never come true considering these facts published in the mainstream newspaper that reported the grant; trips to the moon take three days each way and Mars, the next planet over, takes a robotic flier nine months to reach. Based on those speeds the journey to the nearest neighboring star would take tens of thousands of years....
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • DARPA Finally Released The Results Of Last Year's 13,000-MPH Missile Flight Failure(Video)

    04/22/2012 8:50:03 AM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 21, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    Last August Lockheed Martin, the Air Force, and DARPA tested the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), which traveled 20 times the speed of sound and could hypothetically deliver a bomb anyplace on the planet inside one hour. It was a spectacular failure that was much publicized by the press, but no details about what went wrong were made available — until now.
  • DARPA robot uses stairs

    04/15/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-12-2012 | Youtube
    Click here to watch DARPA and Boston Dynamic robot strut his stuff This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/04/10.aspx). The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster...more at link..
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge: Here Are the Official Details

    04/10/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Tue, April 10, 2012 | Erico Guizzo & Evan Ackerman
    DARPA to the robotics community: the challenge is on. Today the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is announcing a bold new program aiming to advance robotics technology for disaster response. The DARPA Robotics Challenge is offering tens of million of dollars in funding to teams from anywhere in the world to build robots capable of performing complex mobility and manipulation tasks such as walking over rubble and operating power tools. It all will culminate with an audacious competition with robots driving trucks, breaking through walls, and attempting to perform repairs in a simulated industrial-disaster setting. The winner takes all:...
  • Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High (Cool video at link)

    03/29/2012 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | March 29, 2012 | My Fox NY
    Developed by Boston Dynamic as a tool to obtain information for the U.S. military, the Sand Flea, aptly named because of its incredible jumping ability, will hopefully aid soldiers in war zones by revealing potential threats, CNET reported. The robot has four wheels and weighs 11 pounds. It can jump up to 30 feet high when not actually in a forward moving motion by using CO2 fired from a piston. And it can jump 25 times in a row before having to be recharged, IEEE Spectrum reported. The Sand Flea has such precision, that when properly controlled, it can...
  • Air Force Will Continue to Launch Mysterious X-37B Space Plane

    03/22/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT · by U-238 · 23 replies · 3+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/22/2012 | Stew Magnuson
    What payloads are aboard the Air Force’s X-37B space plane, which has been orbiting the Earth for more than a year, remains top secret. Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, was peppered with questions about its purpose at a gathering of Washington, D.C.-based defense reporters March 22. He remained tight-lipped about the mystery spacecraft’s mission, but did say that the service has no intention of purchasing any more of the winged, reusable vehicles, which resemble a smaller version of NASA’s now returned space shuttle. “It is doing very well on orbit,” he said. “It has had...
  • Darpa director leaving the Pentagon for Google

    03/14/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 12, 2012 | RT
    One of the most top-secret Pentagon departments —the same that spawned America’s drones, military robots, electromagnetic guns and other sci-fi weaponry —is about to lose its top officer to Google. Regina Dugan oversaw the development of some of the US military’s most marvelous high tech accomplishments as director of Darpa, but the head of the DoD’s research lab is parting ways with the Pentagon to take on a role with Google. Not even three years after she took on the role as the first female director of the America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, Regina Dugan is now...