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The first-ever inside look at DARPA—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars
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.
This was an interesting and rare look at DARPA, the governmental arm where research leads to new discoveries. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Troy Blackford
The book provides a good description of DARPA and what it does. It's certainly non-technical, and more details can be found on DARPA's web site and DARPA's 50th anniversary book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ThomasW
Michael Belfiore brings an open, inquiring mind to his subjects, and he respects his readers. This is an excellent combination, especially for such a chaotic, weird and exciting... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JAW
Informative, interesting, with lots of interviews of the people involved, this book is a great read if you want an in-depth overview of DARPA and many of the wide-ranging projects... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by <3 Amazon
Just got around to reading, and found the first half very informative. While Mr. Belfiore focuses on DARPA personalities, he provides enough technical details keep interest. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by J. Scott Shipman
I really enjoyed this behind-the-scenes view of DARPA. I first heard about the agency when the book was reviewed on NPR, and have enjoyed reading about it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by D. Knight
A fascinating read about a government agency that actually is a lean, mean machine. Though I already knew about ARPANET, it was exciting to read about all the DARPA-funded... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by J. Hopkins