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Reply #3: I like DARPA, on principle. [View All]

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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-07 12:05 PM
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3. I like DARPA, on principle.
It does lots of quirky things and wastes gobs of money; some of what it tries to do I wouldn't approve of in practice. Frequently charges laid at DARPA's feet--like the "remote controlled soldiers" blip--are based on assuming highly unlikely outcomes are almost guaranteed.

I whole-heartedly approve of pursuing ideas, even if they're quirky; DARPA does a lot of scientific research nobody else would think of pursuing, and it often flops--but only "often", not always. A lot of things the military's done, just as with NASA, wind up with some seriously nifty civilian applications.
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