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The Department of Mad Scientists

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 Department of Mad PDFEPUB #193 military and the rest of usMichael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first ever popular a I ve always been aware of some of the DARPA history just from being aware of the beginnings of the ARPANET now known as the Internet and I knew they were into a lot of other interesting projects but I have come away from this book with a lot respect for the organization Respect may be understating it I think I m in awe of how the federal government can manage to create something so amazing and under the auspices of the Department of Defense no less DARPA is a national treasureThe book itself bogged down a couple of times for me mostly in the Autodoc and Grand Challenge chapters where I couldn t help but think I d have preferred a video documentary to reading about it but it was never too bad and some of the other chapters were almost thrilling I think this book may have broken a new record in the amount of time I spent just holding the book and day dreaming about things I had just read over just reading A Daddy for Christmas robotics and Banned in Britain rockets to peopleless operating Hour of the Beast 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 Dictionary Of Dreams robotic arms Its geniuses define future technology for the Department of Mad PDFEPUB #193 military and the The Love of a Latino rest of usMichael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first ever popular a I ve always been aware of some of the DARPA history just from being aware of the beginnings of the ARPANET now known as the Internet and I knew they were into a lot of other interesting projects but I have come away from this book with a lot Other Days, Other Eyes respect for the organization Respect may be understating it I think I m in awe of how the federal government can manage to create something so amazing and under the auspices of the Department of Defense no less DARPA is a national treasureThe book itself bogged down a couple of times for me mostly in the Autodoc and Grand Challenge chapters where I couldn t help but think I d have preferred a video documentary to Deception Island reading about it but it was never too bad and some of the other chapters were almost thrilling I think this book may have broken a new The Family record in the amount of time I spent just holding the book and day dreaming about things I had just The First Partition of Poland read over just The Hero of Varay reading

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The first of Mad PDFEPUB #192 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 carsAmerica'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 The Department PDFEPUBSputnik and the Soviet space program DARPA mixes I love to browse the new shelves of nonfiction books at my local library One recent title that caught my attention because of it s goofy title was The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael BelfioreThe book covers many of the recent advances by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency some which have made their way into civilian applications and others that are perhaps on the horizon There are chapters on artificial limbs the internet GPS and driverless carsThe chapter that made me pick up the book was the one on artificial limbs It has a brief history of prosthetics and the problems faced in the development of arms and hands with better fine motor skills Ultimately it s a matter of weight and balance Even a lightweight limb that is strapped on will uickly become a tiresome burden to the person using and wearing it if it is off balance The newest ones being developed use technology similar to what the Segues use to auto balance taking most of the work of balancing the limb off of the user s body thus making it feel lighter and naturalThe other chapters were just as well written but ended up being topics I was already very familiar with That familiarity made the rest of the book an easy read I ended up finishing it in the course of a single weekend when I had expected to take at least a week on it

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Ccount 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 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 futur The author had previously written Rocketeers about the roots and rise of the commercial rocket industry The discovery that DARPA was a major customer for one of these companies XCOR led him to research resulting in The Department of Mad Scientists Besides the obvious the book covers Belfiore s strategies and struggles to gain access to DARPA personnel for interviews as well as his eventual partial success I use the word partial because many of DARPA s projects reuire Top Secret or above clearance So Belfiore is covering information from sanctioned interviews observations and interviews of DARPA contractors and his general research He readily acknowledges that this is the tip of the iceberg However the book is well written uite interesting and covers some of the history of DARPA along with its organizational structure and a range of its projectsARPA was the brainchild of Neil McElroy Eisenhower s Secretary of Defense It was formed in response to the Soviet launch of Sputnik 10457 and Eisenhower s frustration with the independent and duplicate missile research being pursued by branches of the US military ARPA s original charter was satellite and space research and development projects which was eventually ceded to NASA and other projects and programs which might be assigned from time to time It s creation was authorized by Congress on 21258The subject organization changed its name between DARPA and ARPA than once To avoid confusion I ll use the better known DARPA from now onBelfiore s account of is a mix of information gleaned at DARPA events and through sanctioned DARPA interviews as well as some supporting research into public documents It contrasts sharply with Annie Jacobsen s book The Pentagon s Brain in that 1 Jacobsen s public research is exhaustive 2 Her interviews are outside of the DARPA sanctioned envelope and 3 Belfiore has a positive fascinated type of view of the organization with greater emphasis on its benefits whereas Jacobsen as in her Operation Paperclip although mostly even handed has little positive to say about either scientists or the government establishments they work for I liked both books for very different reasons Jacobsen s book deserves its own review Getting an even handed view of DARPA probably reuires reading both I still ended up with a feeling of incompleteness I would like to hear another voice on this subject If I could wave a wand and make them interested perhaps Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb or Mark Bowden Black Hawk Down could do interesting things with this subjectEND OF REVIEW APPENDIX A Brief Summary of DARPA Projects Covered in this BookEarly DARPA initiatives resulted in the Saturn V Rocket which after being transferred to NASA sent Americans to the moon the NAVSAT navy satellite navigation system up by 1961 which led directly to GPS systems in use today the creation of Material Science to create composite materials meeting specific reuirements initially used to create the X 15 and nuclear test monitoring project Vela to detect optical electromagnetic and seismic signs of violations of the 1964 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty which initiated the field of Seismology An outcome of Vela was the WWSN World Wide Standardized Seismograph Network giving the global community the ability to gather data on tsunamis and earthuakes Vela and NAVSAT also led to DARPA s IPTO Information Processing Techniues Office from which came a series of visionary ideas and developments on human machine interaction catalysts for improvements in databases and displays and ideas such as word processing and the computer mouse eventually leading to the TCPIP protocol and ARPANET today called the InternetStarting in the 1970s DARPA became heavily involved in Speech Recognition research motivated by the needs of spy agencies and military services but with visions of a hand held Star Trek like universal translator Artificial Intelligence development research such as DARPA s Personal Assistant that Learns PAL also called CALO are aimed at a variety of applications including the CPOF Command Post of the Future a project which resulted in knowledge base computer reasoning and new visualization technology Self programming machine research the nightmares of Sci Fi from the 1950s Invisible Boy up to the Terminator feeds and is fed by these types of projectsDARPA has a set of initiatives spawned by reuirements to make soldiers effective The ones covered by this book are related predominately to surgery prosthetics and life saving technologies that can be deployed within minutes or seconds after a battlefield wound Annie Jacobsen s The Pentagon s Brain focuses on a darker set of DARPA super soldier explorations The commercially available da Vinci surgical robot is a direct benefactor of a funding from a DARPA project called Trauma Pod a technology to encapsulate treat and keep alive a critically wounded soldier while being transported from the battlefield to a hospital or surgeon This project inspired by Heinlein s Starship Troopers and Larry Niven s World of Ptavvs also triggered the creation of Minimally Invasive Surgery and a number of developments in telepresence A hand held ultrasound machine called SonoSite was partially inspired by Star Trek s medical tricorder The LSTAT Life Support for Trauma and Transport was designed to be an interface between patient and robot The Apollo Project created a digital X ray machine to send x rays from the battlefield A smart T shirt concept was initiated to monitor a soldier s vital signsMany of DARPA s battlefield related initiatives are aimed at preventing injuries DARPA s 2004 Autonomous Ground Vehicle initiative whose purpose was to make supply to troops on an urban battlefield less dangerous The author gives a detailed account of public testing Urban Challenge that resulted from this project Much of the research of this project also flows into commercial computer driven car concepts The Warfighter Visualization program is a heads up visual display that would overlay a military commander s field of view with computer generated imagery showing the situational status of hisher troops Among the projects of DARPA s Defense Sciences Office DSO there are initiatives on mathematically describing the workings of complex organic systems including the human brain with a view toward duplicating their functions in artificial systems the development of a biological uantum mechanics theory reducing the cost of titanium to a tenth of its current cost walking autonomous robots growing plants that respire hydrogen harvest able for fuel The Microsystems Technology Office MTO focuses on uantum computing and microchip and smaller sized things Among their projects is one for integrating electronics into insects to control their flight as well as sensors cameras etcThe Strategic Technology Office STO has projects not only to eliminate the military s dependency on oil but to generally eliminate oil as a cause of war These initiatives include a range of technologies from expanding and enhancing the efficiency of solar energy technology to creating high performance jet fuels from vegetable oils the chapter Power to the People covers these areasThe Tactical Technology Office is interested in things like robot satellites that repair other satellites and hypersonic 5 times the speed of sound air breathing engine design If you are into this read The Final Frontier chapter which also describes some of DARPA s contribution to the commercial space travel industryDARPA is largely responsible for Stealth Aircraft DARPA s Ballistic Missile Defense BMD better known as Star Wars led to unexpected side effects such as LASIK surgery They funded the pure science research project of building the Arecibo telescope the largest single aperture radio telescope in the worldSome of DARPA s 911 triggered initiatives have been less well received TIA Total Information Awareness was intended to provide a computer monitored surveillance infrastructure that would discover terrorist activity and prevent terrorist events before they happened Its perceived invasive surveillance of America citizens caused it at least partially to crash and burn You can read volumes on that elsewhere

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The Department of Mad Scientists
  • Michael Belfiore
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 9780061577932

About the Author: Michael Belfiore

Michael Belfiore of Mad PDF/EPUB À is an author journalist and speaker on the innovations shaping our world He has written about game changing technologies for the New York Times Popular Science Popular Mechanics Smithsonian Air Space Financial Times and other outlets He is an International Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award finalistMichael has appeared as a commentator on the Fox Business Network.



10 thoughts on “The Department of Mad Scientists

  1. says:

    Shallow and uncriticalGoodreads's prompt for review text includes the language what I learned from this book; my answer to

  2. says:

    35 stars The Department of Mad Scientists is the story about DARPA which is an arm of the Department of Defense DARPA has existed for a long time and has been sort of the research and development arm of the American military Although it's part of DOD a lot of the experiments and research and development that the group has done has helped to create some of the biggest technological advances the world has seen in the past

  3. says:

    I love to browse the new shelves of nonfiction books at my local library One recent title that caught my attention because of it's goofy title was The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael BelfioreThe book covers many of

  4. says:

    A book that SHOULD be a lot interesting than it actually is it's best passages concern the founding of the agency its tumultuous early history and its role in the Information revolution It uickly devolves however into a catalog of flashy demos and features some strangely egocentric extended passages by the author I'm so sorry it was

  5. says:

    Read the New York Times article The Body Electric

  6. says:

    I've always been aware of some of the DARPA history just from being aware of the beginnings of the ARPANET now known as the Internet and I knew they were into a lot of other interesting projects but I have come away from this book with a lot respect for the organization Respect may be understating it I think I'm in awe of how the federal government can manage to create something so amazing and under the auspices of the

  7. says:

    The topic was excellent and overdue The treatment I thought was rather sophomoric and spent time on superficial aspects Written by a Wired magazine journalist it is about the same uality of writing a uick flight over a State but never enough to really see the State much less interact with the State understand what it really has a

  8. says:

    The author had previously written Rocketeers about the roots and rise of the commercial rocket industry The discovery that DARPA was a major customer for one of these companies XCOR led him to research resulting in The Depar

  9. says:

    If you wish you see some conspiracy development in this book you would be disappointed This book is talking about how DARPA was established same time as NASA and it has became a department where they are not only focus on Space programs overall GPS internet medical robots such as Davinci artificial limbs Xcor not SpaceX voice recogn

  10. says:

    So this is my assessment of this book The department of mad scientists by Michael Belfiore according to my 7 criteria1 Related to practice 5 stars2 It prevails important 4 stars3 I agree with the read 5 stars4 not difficult to read as for non English native 4 stars5 too long and boring story or every sentence is interestin

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