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4 DARPA Projects We Love

Space exploration, self-driving vehicles, advanced biometrics, and robotics are among the cool projects in the works at DARPA that are likely to have applications in the enterprise, too.

(Image: Torley Olmstead via Flickr/Creative Commons)

(Image: Torley Olmstead via Flickr/Creative Commons)

We always count on The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to have cool, bleeding-edge projects in the works that give us a glimpse of the future.

DARPA's far-out ideas have included brain implants and self-patching networks, disaster-area robots, and self-calibrating microchips smaller than a penny.

We at InformationWeek love reporting on DARPA's latest gadgets, gizmos, and way-out ideas. On the following pages, you'll see four of our favorite recent projects that we think will have a direct impact on our businesses in the future.

As we worry ever more about information security, seek greater automation and connectivity in an age of smart devices that still aren't smart enough, and hope to one day do business from outer space, it's easy to imagine how these DARPA projects could apply at work. In choosing these DARPA projects, we want to highlight future technologies that have particular relevance to the enterprise tech reader. Each of these ultra-high-tech, military-funded projects will someday have applications for your business.

Check out the projects featured on the following pages and tell us what you think. Will DARPA's ideas do you think will someday become commonplace in the enterprise? Do these ideas scare you, or make you eager for the high-tech future that awaits? What else would you like to see DARPA invest in? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Joe Stanganelli is founder and principal of Beacon Hill Law, a Boston-based general practice law firm. His expertise on legal topics has been sought for several major publications, including US News and World Report and Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine. Joe is also ... View Full Bio

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