DARPA follow up: Where the Scientific-Military-Industrial Complex is Headed

May 23, 2013

Neuroscience, Philosophy

As a follow up to my paranoia about Obama’s BRAIN initiative last month, I thought I’d compile some cool robot videos showing that DARPA is moving us closer to Star Wars – the movie – every day; that’s why allowing them to be the majority funder of BRAIN should have elicited a tad more cynicism from the mainstream press than it did.

Here’s a DARPA robot acting like something out of the stone age.

My guess is they’ll have it up to WWII in short order. For all I know throwing a cinder block is harder than shooting a gun.

Here it is in the wild:

Here’s a 2-legged version climbing stairs:

Now if we can just give them brains….


About Peter Freed, M.D.

I am a psychiatrist (psychopharmacology and psychotherapy) specializing in the so-called "personality disorders," particularly narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. I was a Fellow and then an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia from 2004- 2011. I am currently in private practice in NYC.

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4 Comments on “DARPA follow up: Where the Scientific-Military-Industrial Complex is Headed”

  1. bmeacham Says:

    I think the robots are fairly impressive. They need a lot of complex computation and real-time control to do all that.


  2. MarthaD. Says:

    Great DARPA article. It inspired me–another ex-pat from research of interest to the military-industria-research complex– to send more food for cynical thought: my 45″ documentary on the role of the American Psychological Association whose “Science Directorate” regularly lobbies the “hill” and Pentagon for ways to advance psychology’s footprint, go to http://www.focusreframed.com and click “Interrogation Psychologists” For how health care professionals are implicated in the “enhanced” interrogation program, a key part of national security psychology: http://www.doctorsofthedarkside.com. It took 10 years to fully sunshine the torture program. If that pattern is any indication, the facts about DARPA brain research will dribble out and make suspicions today seem quaint.


  3. nuwdokemz@yahoo.co.uk Says:

    Really educational thank you, I reckon your current followers may well want even more well written content articles of this nature continue the excellent perform.



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