“We’re not looking to make an app to get you a latte faster,” reads the slogan of Biology Is Technology, the Pentagon’s research symposium held this week in New York City. “We’re looking to solve problems that matter.” The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had tasked the best and brightest startups, major industry players and universities to create the Next Big Thing in science — no easy feat. (One big ask: As Mic reported Wednesday, DARPA expressed interest in controlling human adrenal responses, lowering anxiety and fear in U.S. soldiers.) Read Article
Many scientists believe that space colonization will ultimately be the solution to a dying Earth; most recently, Stephen Hawking claimed that humanity would need to start colonizing other planets within the next 1,000 years. Mars is arguably the most prominent candidate for colonization, as it is known to have been host to running liquid water in the relatively recent past. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to the future of Mars colonization, and aims to genetically engineer organisms that can transform Mars into an Earth-like planet. “For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not just to visit, but to stay,” Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office said at a recent biotech conference.Read Article
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s latest robotics project aims at building tiny drones that can fly through cities at 45 miles per hour. The initiative, called the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program, will have researchers build unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that won’t need a human pilot or a GPS to travel through unstable buildings and dangerous areas, according to CNN.
DARPA Program Manager Mark Micire says the project draws inspiration from birds of prey and insects that can fly at fast rates without hitting anything in their way. “The goal of the FLA program is to explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that would give small UAVs the capacity to perform in a similar way, including an ability to easily navigate tight spaces at high speed and quickly recognize if it had already been in a room before,” Micire added. Read Full Article
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