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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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DARPA SideArm prototype snags drones out of the air

DARPA SideArm prototype snags drones out of the air

DARPA has shown off a prototype of SideArm, a contraption that can snag drones out of the air and quickly bring them to a stop, doing so in order to recover drones after a mission. One possible use of SideArm is attaching them to the side of an aircraft carrier, where they would then help launch and, later on, retrieve UAVs weighing up to 900lbs. Obviously given its DARPA status, the contraption would be used for military purposes.

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DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

The LUKE prosthetic arm is taking another big step today, as DARPA has delivered the first two arms to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). These arms, along with others from a new production line, will be prescribed to veterans in need of them. The WRNMMC will select the veterans that will get these arms, and the manufacturers of the LUKE - Mobius Bionics - will train Walter Reed physicians on how the arms function and how to fit patients with them.

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DARPA program seeks way to control drone ‘swarms’ from the ground

DARPA program seeks way to control drone ‘swarms’ from the ground

DARPA's latest program, the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, aims to find a solution for easily controlling large swarms of drones from the ground, with these 'swarms' being composed of at least 100 units. The defensive research agency envisions these swarms of drones — which could also feature ground robots when necessary — being used for all sorts of things: gathering intelligence, surveillance, offering protection, wielding firepower, and more. The Marine Corps and U.S. Army are the intended recipients of such technology.

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Aurora ALIAS program is an automated flight system for aircraft

Aurora ALIAS program is an automated flight system for aircraft

If you are like me you may have through that aircraft that automated flight systems or decades. We always hear about autopilot systems but a company called Aurora Flight Sciences is breaking ground with automated flight with its aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System or ALIAS. So far as we can tell, Jennifer Garner isn't involved with the project.

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Tiny single-chip Lidar sensor has no moving parts

Tiny single-chip Lidar sensor has no moving parts

Researchers at MIT and DARPA have created a tiny Lidar sensor that is packed onto a single chip. As you can see in the image, the Lidar sensor is so small that you could pack many of them onto the surface of a dime. Lidar, or light detection and ranging, sensors are a technology that uses laser light and is similar to radar. The big benefit of Lidar over radar is that Lidar can have a higher resolution.

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DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program. A mouthful, right? CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular “chiplets.” Says DARPA, it wants “an entire PCB” to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

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DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DARPA really wants robots that can walk efficiently like a human and do human things like drive vehicles and use ladders, tools, etc. The road to robots that can do that sort of thing are paved with smaller steps where bots learn to walk just like a human child. One of these robots that is a step on the ladder to robots that can work like people is the SRI DURUS robot.

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DARPA program seeks ‘rugged drugs’ that don’t expire

DARPA program seeks ‘rugged drugs’ that don’t expire

Much like the food in your fridge and the cleaning supplies in your closet, the drugs — both over the counter and prescription — in your medicine cabinet have an expiration date. While that expiration date isn’t a hard and fast rule in most cases, at least according to past research on the matter, it does mark a time when one can expect the medication to start losing potency, making it difficult to take proper dosages. Thanks to a new synthetic protein recently detailed by DARPA, however, that reality may itself soon be obsolete.

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DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

Back in early 2014, DARPA issued grants for the development of stealthy military motorcycles, with the idea being that silent motorcycles will be an efficient and fast way to get soldiers across difficult or long stretches of ground. Now, more than two years later, the first two prototypes created for that project have been unveiled with dark dirt bike-like designs.

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DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

The U.S. Navy has autonomous watercraft aspirations, and it needs a way for future unmanned (and manned) subs to navigate accurately. Here to help is DARPA, which has selected BAE Systems to create an underwater positioning system for deep ocean navigation (POSYDON). The program will produce a navigation system that eliminates the need to surface for updated GPS data.

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Chicago museum will open 5,000sqft DARPA exhibit tomorrow

Chicago museum will open 5,000sqft DARPA exhibit tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry will be opening up an “in-depth and interactive” exhibit focused on DARPA, the government’s military research agency. DAPRA has existed for decades and has made many of its projects publicly known, but that doesn’t mean information about the agency itself is easy to come by. The exhibit will change that, featuring 5,000 square feet of displays and activities.

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