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The Department of Mad Scientists - Inside Darpa, the Path-breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard of-logo

The Department of Mad Scientists - Inside Darpa, the Path-breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard of

Michael Belfiore

The first-ever inside look at DARPA-the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields-from energy, robotics, and rockets to peopleless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. DARPA gave birth to the Internet, GPS, and mind-controlled robotic arms. Its geniuses define future technology for the military and the rest of us. Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. Visiting research sites across the country, he watched scientists in action and talked to the creative, fearlessly ambitious visionaries working for and with DARPA. Much of DARPA's work is classified, and this book is full of material that has barely been reported in the general media. In fact, DARPA estimates that only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. This fascinating read demonstrates that DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring-it is our future.

The first-ever inside look at DARPA-the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields-from energy, robotics, and rockets to peopleless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. DARPA gave birth to the Internet, GPS, and mind-controlled robotic arms. Its geniuses define future technology for the military and the rest of us. Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. Visiting research sites across the country, he watched scientists in action and talked to the creative, fearlessly ambitious visionaries working for and with DARPA. Much of DARPA's work is classified, and this book is full of material that has barely been reported in the general media. In fact, DARPA estimates that only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. This fascinating read demonstrates that DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring-it is our future.
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The first-ever inside look at DARPA-the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields-from energy, robotics, and rockets to peopleless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. DARPA gave birth to the Internet, GPS, and mind-controlled robotic arms. Its geniuses define future technology for the military and the rest of us. Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. Visiting research sites across the country, he watched scientists in action and talked to the creative, fearlessly ambitious visionaries working for and with DARPA. Much of DARPA's work is classified, and this book is full of material that has barely been reported in the general media. In fact, DARPA estimates that only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. This fascinating read demonstrates that DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring-it is our future.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:32


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:37


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:46


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:36


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:24


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:33


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:12


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:28


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:39


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:37


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:46


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:15


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:28


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:33


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:57


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:01


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:03


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:52


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:50


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:30


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:40


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:00


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:55


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:25


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:14


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:51


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:01


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:46


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:40


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:40


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:13


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:18


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:02


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:41


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:15


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:58


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:44


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

00:42