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Seven Ways DARPA Is Creating The Future

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing some innovative technology. Will we see some of this technology in consumers’ hands in the future?

1. DARPA is developing a jetpack so you can run faster

Not a flying jetpack (though we can dream) but a running one being developed by Arizona State University and again being funded by DARPA allowing soldiers to run a four minute mile even with heavy equipment. Imagine running to work without breaking a sweat.

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2. DARPA is building a cheetah inspired robot to save you in search and rescue missions

Technically it’s the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that is building the 10mp running and jumping “The Cheetah 2” but the project is DARPA funded. With plans to get The Cheetah 2 running at top speeds of 30mph it will provide assistance in natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

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3. DARPA is developing WildCat so you can have a mechanical feline friend

DARPA has funded robotics company Boston Dynamics to develop WildCat, a smaller but quicker spin-off of BS’s BigDog.

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4. DARPA is creating tiny brain implants

To help soldiers who have suffered brain injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) DARPA is working on a tiny brain implant that can restore mental and cognitive function. Millions of sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease around the world could benefit from these implants also. But this is just the beginning and it’s predicted that similar technology in the future will provide superhuman-like abilities.

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5. DARPA is creating the humanoid robot Atlas so you have your very own Terminator

Another Boston Dynamics project with funding and oversight coming from DARPA, Atlas is a humanoid robot (as in, a robot that resembles a human) and is being developed according to its Wikipedia page to “aid emergency services in search and rescue operations, performing tasks such as shutting off valves, opening doors and operating powered equipment in environments where humans could not survive.”

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6. DARPA is turning you into part man part machine

DARPA’s funding Harvard’s Wyss Institute to develop a ‘soft exoskeleton’ for a range of people including the military, first-responders, elderly and people performing athletic activities. The soft exoskeleton can help wearers carry heavy objects for long periods of time with less energy consumption.

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7. DARPA is developing transformer drones helping you in every occasion

This unmanned flying vehicle will transform depending on the requirements of the task at hand. Currently planned for military activities such as transporting supplies drones like this may one day be used in a consumer setting. Moving house? Let the drone transport your items.
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