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The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency Youve Never Heard Of (Unabridged), by Michael Belfiore
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.97 (166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Belfiore Narrator: Michael Belfiore Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Shawn | 2/18/2014

    " The information on the programs DARPA runs (Grand Challenge, SCRAMjet technology) was far more interesting than the information on the agency itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by David | 2/3/2014

    " I didn't read the _whole_ book. I just couldn't believe some of the ideas ever coming to fruition. Things like robot surgeons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Derek | 1/29/2014

    " Great overview on the history of DARPA, it's past contributions and where the agency is heading in the future. Tons of links to research, stories and additional reading at the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Fiona | 1/13/2014

    " I have bought this book twice both times as presents for guys with a tech bent. Overall good book reads like separate magazine length stories in the sections which describe the different projects which was appreciated by the two readers who got this as a gift. I found it a little rah rah america but I suppose that is to be expected given the subject matter. "

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