America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields - from energy, robotics, and rockets to peopleless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. DARPA gave birth to the Internet, GPS, and mind-controlled robotic arms. Its geniuses define future technology for the military and the rest of us.
Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. Visiting research sites across the country, he watched scientists in action and talked to the creative, fearlessly ambitious visionaries working for and with DARPA. Much of DARPA's work is classified, and this book is full of material that has barely been reported in the general media. In fact, DARPA estimates that only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. This fascinating read demonstrates that DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring - it is our future.
©2009 Michael Belfiore; (P)2009 Random House
Love it! Always a fan of the author reading his own work - and Michael does a great job. His love for his work and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through. This is a great listen for all techno-geeks like myself. If only he could have gotten behind the locked doors!!! Five stars!
A joyous glimpse into a world which few know about. The Mad Scientists, who are politically and scientifically running the show, are changing the way the world function in the very near future. A grand lesson gained from the listening of this book is that, when you take a chance, and dive right in, even if you're not prepared, you'll usually end up with something wonderful.
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