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DARPA Exec Warns Biohackers to ‘Think Deeply’ About Injecting Untested Treatments

On stage at Body Hacking Con last weekend, DARPA (the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) director of biological technologies Justin Sanchez ran through an impressive list of the sort of government projects that might interest people attending a conference about the integration of humans and tech, including plans to prevent global pandemics by turning the body into bioreactor and to restore memory through technologies like brain computer interfaces. Read More >>

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The US Department of Defence Is Developing Plants That Are Spies

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to bioengineer plants so that the military can turn foliage into spies. Read More >>

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DARPA Is Funding Brain-Computer Interfaces to Treat Blindness, Paralysis and Speech Disorders 

These days, it seems you’re nobody if you’re not working on a way to merge machines with the human brain. Earlier this year, both Facebook and perpetual moonshot-enthusiast Elon Musk announced plans for brain-computer interfaces that could allow us to read the thoughts of others and improve our capacity for learning. Today, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced plans to spend $65 million developing advanced neural implants that connect our brains to computers in order to treat sensory deficits like blindness. Read More >>

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Proposed Human Rights Would Protect Your Mind From the Likes of Facebook

“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realise,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan recently told audience members at the F8 developer conference. Dugan was referring to the social network’s plans to read users’ thoughts. Just in time to inject some practical considerations into that terrifying scenario, researchers have proposed four new human rights to protect our minds from those who might have the worst intentions. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Brain Chips Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

How did a Massachusetts woman end up with a four electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps? How did we get to deep brain stimulation and where do we go from here? Read More >>

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This Is Why You Should Take Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Very, Very Seriously

Back in June, after installing a new lithium-ion battery into its ape-inspired RoboSimian and plugging it into charge, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had their lunches cut short when the battery suddenly exploded in a spectacular fireball that completely torched the bot. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge Is a Glimpse of Our Human-Free Future

What if humans didn’t have to respond to major hacks or breaches in the networks they operated, and computers could just do it automatically? That’s a question being asked by DARPA, the US military’s boldest research arm, which set up a multi-million dollar challenge to answer that question. Read More >>

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Scientists Want to Use Predators to Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is exploring a fascinating new way we might win the war against germs: not with drugs, but with predatory bacteria that sound like monsters from science fiction. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Latest Concept Video Looks Like a Bad 90s Movie in an Awesome Way

DARPA is working on the next-generation of fighting vehicle. And instead of making them safer through extra armour, they’re betting that speed and agility are the future of ground war. Read More >>

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A Prototype of DARPA’s Badass Vertical Take-Off Aircraft Can Already Fly

Earlier this year, DARPA unveiled its latest concept design for a new vertical take-off and landing craft. Now, a working scale prototype has already made its first successful flight. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Submarine-Destroying Drone Ship Is Called ‘Sea Hunter’

Say hello to Sea Hunter. That’s the new name for DARPA’s autonomous warship, which is designed to seek-and-destroy submarines without a crew aboard. Read More >>

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Self-Captaining Autonomous Warboat Tested by US Military

US military development hotbed DARPA has released footage of its latest autonomous creation, revealing a submarine-hunting warship that apparently has the ability to go about its business all by itself. Until it connects to the internet and starts harpooning whales for a laugh and to gather retweets after 36 hours and has to be taken offline. Read More >>

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DARPA Wants to Give Radio Waves AI to Stretch Bandwidth

The radio spectrum is a mess: it’s congested, expensive and there’s no room for expansion. But DARPA has a plan to change that, by building a system where radio waves can work together using artificial intelligence, rather than fighting for space. Read More >>

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Google is Reportedly Selling Crazy Robotics Skunkworks Boston Dynamics

It’s been a little over two years since Google (now Alphabet) decided to add robotics lab Boston Dynamics to its portfolio. Now it’s putting the company that built Atlas up for grabs. Read More >>

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The US Defence Department Got Mad at Darpa For Creating Email

Ray Tomlinson, widely credited as the inventor of email, died this past weekend. He was 74. Read More >>