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The Pentagon Basically Wants to Merge You With a Robot

Posted By admin On March 8, 2014 @ 5:49 am In Featured Stories,Sci Tech,Tile | Comments Disabled

Adam Rawnsley
The Daily Beast [1]
March 8, 2014

You’ve probably never looked at a mammal’s brain and thought “Gee, I wish I could yank that out of its skull and shrink it onto a chip.” Nor have you likely gazed upon a colony of ants and remarked “wouldn’t it be great if we could get spy drones to work together like that?”

That’s because you don’t work for the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, the Pentagon’s way, way out science and technology arm. Their annual budget request, which they made public on Thursday, reads like something out of lost a Philip K. Dick notepad.

DARPA, for the uninitiated, acts as the Pentagon’s blue-sky research agency, always looking beyond the horizon for the technologies which will have the greatest impact in the future. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, Joker-style, where the U.S. military gets those wonderful toys—like the Internet, global positioning systems and stealth bombers—chances are it started out as idea on a drawing board at DARPA.

This year the Obama administration requests nearly $3 billion DARPA for the research outfit—a nearly $136 million increase over the agency’s last budget year [2]. Tucked away inside that $3 billion are a number of new and fascinating projects: ones to make faster, more cooperative unmanned systems, to mimic parts of the human body for smarter computers, and to even build prosthetics that feel like real hands.

Full article here [1]


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[1] The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/06/the-pentagon-basically-wants-to-merge-you-with-a-robot.html

[2] last budget year: http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2014/03/05.aspx

[3] Pentagon looks for weapons to wage cyber warfare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-looks-for-weapons-to-wage-cyber-warfare.html

[4] Pentagon Robot Can Run Faster Than Usain Bolt: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-robot-can-run-faster-than-usain-bolt.html

[5] Morphing cars and planes closer as Pentagon develops shape-shifting robot: http://www.prisonplanet.com/morphing-cars-and-planes-closer-as-pentagon-develops-shape-shifting-robot.html

[6] DARPA Wants to Give Soldiers Robot Surrogates, Avatar Style: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darpa-wants-to-give-soldiers-robot-surrogates-avatar-style.html

[7] Pentagon Wants to Develop Electronics That Can Vaporize: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-wants-to-develop-electronics-that-can-vaporize.html

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