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We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

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DARPA is sharing its open source code now, with the DARPA Open Catalogue.


DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," Chris White, the DARPA program manager behind the effort, said in a statement. "Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products."

(via DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place | The Verge)

This will most likely further increase the speed by which new technology will be developed. I wonder when if there will be attached an open ethics board à la Google to this research as well??

(via futurescope)

A DARPA Challenge update:

After two days of competition, Tokyo’s team SCHAFT has won the DARPA Robotics Challenge in Miami. With 27 out of a possible 32 points in eight challenges, SCHAFT pulled out a decisive victory. IHMC Robotics (20 points), Tartan Rescue (18 points), MIT (16 points) and Robosimian (14 points) round out the top five. We can’t wait for the final competition to come in 2014. (via Gizmodo)

Watch the DARPA Challenge live now!

  • There has been a lot of attention about humanoid robots, many of which have been focused on the DARPA Challenge. The infographic below looks at ATLAS and exactly what a contestant to this challenge must be able to do.

More on Valkyrie.


NASA unveils 6-foot ‘superhero robot’ Valkyrie

Designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, this “female” robot could be the precursor to robo-astronauts that will help colonize Mars.

What if NASA’s Robonaut grew legs and indulged in steroids? The result might be close to what NASA has unveiled: Valkyrie is a humanoid machine billed as a “superhero robot.” Developed at the Johnson Space Center, Valkyrie is a 6.2-foot, 275-pound hulk designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). It will go toe to toe with the Terminator-like Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics in what’s shaping up to be an amazing modern-day duel. In an interesting twist, Valkyrie seems to be a girl. While officially genderless, “Valkyrie” (a nickname, since the official designation is R5) evokes the goddess-like females of Norse myth. (via NASA unveils 6-foot ‘superhero robot’ Valkyrie | Crave - CNET)

Valkyrie is NASA JSC’s DARPA Robotics Challenge humanoid robot. (More at

A look at one of Boston Dynamics latest - the WildCat.



The world’s fastest running robot is off the leash

A relative of Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah robot, which last year managed to outpace the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt on a treadmill, is now able to run outdoors untethered. Named the WildCat, the outdoor runner is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is being developed for military use.

For military use? *rolls eyes*