If I had to guess, I’d say it’s more probable than not, that people clicking on this story have already heard of DARPA in at least some manner. and that’s why a title that reads, "DARPA’s Top 3 Predictions For The Future," is very enticing… For anyone who does not know what DARPA is, they are the super black budget portion of our Department of Defense, and their primary role is to revolutionize military affairs. They created the Internet (not Al Gore), and they created stealth. Perhaps you may have heard stories of Ben Rich, the famous director of Lockheed Skunkworks responsible for the creation of the SR-71 Blackbird (pictured below)? Before he died, he is famously known for saying that mankind was already able to “take E.T. home” if it ever came to it, but that the technology to do so would remain buried in black ops for decades before "regular folks" found out. He said mankind is already traveling all over the heavens unknown to the public.
The stealth is a perfect example of technology that we had over 30 years before anyone ever even heard of stealth. Some have tried to put an estimate on how far ahead of the consumer market DARPA is, and the number I hear floated the most often is between 50-80 years ahead of what we have on shelves now. If you're just now hearing the story of what Ben Rich said for the first time, I highly suggest looking a little deeper here:
It's important to note, that before Dwight Eisenhower left office, he made a very famous farewell speech which you can watch below. In it, he talked about the future, and his concerns about the exponentially expanding military industrial complex. He said the only way that kind of power should be permitted to exist (because prior to then it did not), would be under the strict condition that the citizens of the county remain “alert and knowledgeable.” To say we’ve gone off track a bit would be an understatement. DARPA’s activities are as top secret as they come, and the American citizenry has become about as disengaged as possible without being lobotomized first.
Before listening to Eisenhower, the last thing I’ll mention about DARPA is what they are presently focused on. As you’ll learn from Annie Jacobson in the second video with Alex Jones, DARPA’s main tasks right now are continuing to develop more and more advanced forms of artificial intelligence, as well as finding a way to integrate man and machine as one. Several of the links at the end of this post elude to the second task. In short, the things DARPA works on aren’t kinda like science fiction… they are the types of things science fiction wants to be when it grows up! Catch my drift?
FIRST, EISENHOWER’S PROPHETIC WARNING!
Pay close attention to the words he chooses… it’s downright eerie.
In the second video, Alex Jones has author and special guest Annie Jacobson on the show to discuss DARPA, based on the work she just did completing a book on the super secret agency.
Finally, before you move on to their predictions for the future, the following is off their website and who THEY say they are, for what it’s worth.
DARPA’S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is:
“an independent agency of the United States Department of Defense (DOD) that focuses on developing cutting edge technology to ensure that the United States remains ahead of its enemies. The organization has contributed a number of technologies to the United States military and the world in general, including the groundwork for the Internet. Many of the workings of this agency are kept concealed from the public, in the interests of keeping its technology under wraps so that it is not exploited by other nations.
The agency was founded in 1958, after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite. The United States government realized that it needed a small, mobile, independent research organization if it wanted to meet threats to American security quickly and decisively. Initially, the agency was called the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and it focused on aerospace research and threats to national security such as nuclear testing by other nations.
By 1972, the organization’s mission had evolved, and the government had added “Defense” to the title, turning it into DARPA. It began to focus on looking forward into the future, working on highly experimental technology in small, focused groups. This system continues to be used by the agency today, with it focusing on goal-oriented projects that are intended to improve America’s military and defense systems.
DARPA has a number of divisions that are divided into smaller teams focusing on a variety of issues. Information technology is an important part of its research, for example, as are tools that are used on the battlefield, such as drones, armored vehicles, and communications jamming equipment. The agency also focuses on the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and it counters emerging threats to American security and information awareness. It has many small but very dedicated groups of active researchers and experiments, who may work together for up to five years developing a project and delivering a prototype.
Because DARPA technology is used to protect national security and make the United States more effective militarily, it is largely classified. It is also extremely advanced, since the organization focuses on technological superiority. Periodically, information about agency projects does reach the public, but the details are usually deliberately obscured. Civilians, for example, might be aware that it is working on a cloaking device for camouflaging soldiers, but they will not be aware of the mechanics of the system.
When it comes to predictions, perhaps no organization on the planet is better able to make dreams a reality than the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Their “mad science” reputation already has given the world humanoid robots, drones, and the world’s most advanced surveillance systems. But they are telling us that there is much more to come.
Interestingly, the timeline given by DARPA’s “Forward to the Future” video messages, seen below, is 2045 – the theorized date of The Singularity popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil in his 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. As the title implies, The Singularity is the threshold where computer systems surpass and/or augment both the intelligence and the biological functions of the human body. It’s a process that already has begun, and DARPA is reinforcing their commitment to make it a reality by the target date.
With yearly (known) funding in the tens of billions of dollars, DARPA also receives untold funding for “black budget” secret projects not even subjected to presidential and congressional oversight. So when they cast a vision of the future, it is worth paying attention.
1 – Human-Machine Interface
This broad category includes new ways to communicate with the machines around us, even through emotions. Everything from self-driving vehicles to fully autonomous military and spacecraft to all of the computer systems at home and out in the world – plus, of course, preparing for a world with robots at home and in the workplace. Currently, digital implants and wearable devices are beginning to give us some indication of what is in store whether it is augmented reality applications, health monitoring, or the many other gadgets we choose to make our lives more “efficient and dynamic.” But for true communication and machine autonomy, Artificial Intelligence must reach a level equal to or surpassing that of humans. The latest research shows that this is happening faster than expected.
Pam Melroy, an aerospace engineer, former astronaut and current deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technologies Office, foresees technologies that would enable machines to collaborate with humans as partners on tasks far more complex than those we can tackle today.
2 – Mind Control
This is not mind control as the receiver of information for the purpose to manipulate, rather this is a future where our minds control the world around us. This already has been achieved in medical applications such as prosthetics connected to the brain. But this is set to expand much further into the Internet of Things, which itself is advancing at warp speed. The IOT agenda is turning our everyday physical items into a replica of the Internet by infusing them with computer intelligence. The next step would be to eliminate the various cumbersome remote control functions and enable gadgets to operate via mind control.
Justin Sanchez, a neuroscientist and program manager in DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, imagines a world where neurotechnologies could enable users to interact with their environment and other people by thought alone.
3 – Nanotech Materials
The world of nanotechnology is likely to be transformative in a way that cannot be overstated. Artificial skin, spray-on solar cells, self-repairing architecture, invisibility cloaks, and a host of DNA-level medical applications will be able to build and re-build human beings and the environment.
Stefanie Tompkins, a geologist and director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, envisions building substances from the atomic or molecular level up to create “impossible” materials with previously unattainable capabilities.
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