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New DARPA Office Merges Biology And Technology

The Biological Technologies Office will focus on using neuroscience, sensor design, microsystems, and other technologies for defense purposes.

(Source: DARPA)
(Source: DARPA)

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4/7/2014 | 10:31:19 PM
It's worth noting that the creation of DARPA was authorized in 1958 by the same president who had the vision to create the national interstate highway system, President Eisenhower. In DARPA's case, the issue at hand was the launch of Sputnik.  What's also worth noting is DAPRA's annual this year budget is only about $2.8 billion/year, which is small compared to what larger corporations spend on R&D.

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4/5/2014 | 2:41:13 PM
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I agree with Charlie. This is interesting science, and hopefully what comes out of it is better protective measures that can be used on the battlefield that can prevent these types of injuries in the first place. I think that's

What I always find fascinating about DARPA is how its technology always ends up trickling down into things that we cannot conceive at first blush. That's what I think is really cool, and hopefully there are some real societal impacts made as a result of this blend of bio and tech. 
Charlie Babcock
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4/4/2014 | 7:46:19 PM
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There is no real replacement for those who have lost a limb, nor is there an end to the pain involved. So we have to look at this research as "intelligent" prosthetics, not relief for the destruction that modern warfare visits on the human body. And on that basis, may it proceed.
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4/3/2014 | 7:41:17 AM
DARPA has always been one of my favorite places to look for emerging technology.  The initiative to interface electronics with human nerve endings is very cool and will be great for anyone with severe injuries.  I don't think it will end there though, the next step would be enhancement so I guess we can expect to see integrated hardware for humans in the not so distant future.
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