Voices from DARPA
So I’m looking around for a topic for my first blog post and I think “let’s see if DARPA is in the news”. You remember DARPA? It stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, what that actually means is that DARPA is the U.S.’s spy and military magic factory. If any of our numerous Defense agencies or subsidiaries has a need for some technology that doesn’t exist and that they can’t produce then DARPA steps in.
They have been around for over 50 years and they have helped to advance technologies such as nuclear detonation detection, satellites, night vision, GPS, and robotics. They are credited with inventing the computer mouse and developed an internet precursor called ARPANET. They are pioneers in stealth, cruise missile, and drone technologies. Basically, DARPA is Willie Wonka’s science and technology division.
Well, the first thing that my search brought up was an article about how DARPA had just launched a podcast. It’s called Voices from DARPA and offers a look into the minds of some of their program managers. Their first 5 episodes deal with molecular, information, semiconductor, and electromagnetic sciences and human/computer communications. The host does a really good job of keeping the discussion at a level where mere mortals can follow along. Fascinating! Give it a listen.