Posted by: Nar Williams | February 8, 2008

DARPA: Mad Scientists Making War Even More Expensive

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DARPA, the part of the Pentagon in charge of thinking up new and cutting edge technologies to wage wars more effectively, submitted it’s $3.29 billion dollar budget for 2009 earlier this week. So what’s all this cash gonna pay for?

In addition to laser-guided bullets, chips that mimic brain matter, and transparent displays, there is a slew of robotic projects. There are robots that swim and spy; robots that fly and spy; walking-donkey-robots to carry soldiers gear; and, of course, drones equipped with “inexpensive, low weight precision munition that is effective against soft targets”. (Read: people.)

How cool would it be to have a government that spent $3.29 billion dollars a year on clean energy, stem cell research, and robots that save lives instead of take them?

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Responses

  1. […] The NeuroHeadset may start as a video gaming device, but plans are already under way to expand it’s uses. Emotiv and IBM announced they are working together to bring the mind control headset to business markets, virtual worlds, and “industries such as enterprise and government.” There it is. The ‘G’ word. I’m sure DARPA would love to use the EPOC on it’s new robot drones. […]

  2. […] The organic, lifelike balance this robot shows off is amazing — and a little creepy. Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t want to see this thing coming over the horizon with a machine gun mounted on it’s back. […]

  3. […] The organic, lifelike balance this robot shows off is amazing — and a little creepy. Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t want to see this thing coming over the horizon with a machine gun mounted on it’s back. […]

  4. […] The organic, lifelike balance this robot shows off is amazing — and a little creepy. Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t want to see this thing coming over the horizon with a machine gun mounted on it’s back. […]

  5. […] The organic, lifelike balance this robot shows off is amazing — and a little creepy. Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t want to see this thing coming over the horizon with a machine gun mounted on it’s back. […]


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