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  • The SCP Foundation: The Internet's favorite  monster-battling secret organization. The  

  • Foundation works in the shadows to keep humanity  safe from dangerous supernatural entities,  

  • cursed objects, and paranormal catastrophes. To  make this possible, they develop state of the art  

  • weapons and containment technology, to make sure  they always stay one step ahead of the threat.

  • You're probably thinking, “It's a shame we  don't have a group like this in real life,  

  • considering all the real problems  and threats we're always facing.”

  • Thankfully, we do have a real-life  answer to the SCP Foundation:  

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or  DARPA, the world-class research and development  

  • group that's given the US military some of  its most powerful and sophisticated tech  

  • for the last sixty years. Today, we're  going to talk about what DARPA is,  

  • when and why it was founded, and most  importantly of all, some of the most amazing,  

  • unbelievable, and downright awesome  projects they've been involved in.

  • DARPA was first created back in 1958. The  Soviets had just launched the unmanned probe  

  • Sputnik into space, and people across the  United States were starting to feel nervous.  

  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't intend to  take Russia's leap into the stars lying down,  

  • so he authorized the creation of  a group to put the United States  

  • back at the forefront of scientific and  technological research and development.

  • This group was first called the  Advanced Research Projects Agency,  

  • or ARPA, before the wordDefensewas first  added to the title in 1972. Presumably because  

  • Congress is always eager to throw more money  at something withDefensein the title.

  • With a headquarters in Arlington, VirginiaDARPA has 220 government employees working in  

  • six different technical offices, with an annual  budget of around $3.4 billion. The organization  

  • currently oversees over 250 state-of-the-art  research and development projects.

  • The purpose of DARPA is simple: Making sure that  the United States has the best defense technology  

  • in the world. Their organization selectsproject  leaders” - promising individuals at the top of  

  • their field, with ideas that can reshape the world  of national defense and security - and gives them  

  • the coordination and funding they need to make  their ideas possible under the DARPA umbrella.  

  • The official mission statement of DARPA is,  “to make pivotal investments in breakthrough  

  • technologies for national security”, and they  manage to achieve this goal and much, much more.

  • Like a lot of military technology, projects first  spearheaded by DARPA have influenced technologies  

  • that would later come into common civilian useTo name one particularly impressive example, DARPA  

  • military computer networks laid the groundwork for  the modern internet. So you can thank DARPA for  

  • your ability to watch this video and learn about  them. But we know that this isn't why you're here:  

  • You want to know about the real moon shotsThe kind of mind-blowing projects and technical  

  • advancements that really make DARPA seem like  the real world's answer to the SCP Foundation.

  • We have some truly incredible  technology for you here,  

  • and rest assured, each one  is crazier than the last.

  • First, we have the EATR project, developed  by Cyclone Power Technologies under the  

  • supervision of DARPA. EATR stands for Energy  Autonomous Tactical Robot, and refers to a type  

  • of theoretical surveillance robot that could  feed on plants the way a human or animal does.  

  • Researchers believed that if a spy robot could  eat independently to maintain its energy supply,  

  • it would be able to carry out  missions far longer than both  

  • humans and conventional machinesIt was believed that the finished  

  • machines would be able to travel 100 miles  for every 150 pounds of biomass consumed.

  • Incidentally, this is close to the  weight of your average adult human,  

  • if ever EATR wanted to try something more meaty.  

  • In case you think we're being sensationalistic  here, even the CEO of Cyclone Power Technologies,  

  • Harry Schoell, released a statement saying,  “We completely understand the public's concern  

  • about futuristic robots feeding on the human  population, but that is not our mission.”

  • How incredibly reassuring.

  • But instead of evil robots spilling bloodlet's think about something even crazier:  

  • DARPA making blood. That's right, DARPA  is currently working on revolutionizing  

  • the concept ofBlood Pharming.” This means  reproducing red blood cells outside the body to  

  • create stocks of so-calledsynthetic bloodfor  transfusion during surgery. As we currently sit  

  • in the middle of a blood and organ shortage for  a long, long waiting list of desperate patients,  

  • DARPA's research into blood pharming could change  the game and save millions of lives every year.

  • The amount of money the DARPA method saves is  also staggering. With these new techniques,  

  • the cost of synthetic blood per unit  is cut from $90,000 to a mere $5,000.  

  • Saving lives and money with futuristic  synthetic blood? What's not to love?

  • But if you think that's incredible, you haven't  seen anything yet. Have you ever dreamed about  

  • having super strength, or the ability to go  further than you ever could before? Thanks  

  • to DARPA, this superhero fantasy can becomereality. Scientists created a device known as  

  • the Soft Exosuit, a kind of artificial exoskeleton  worn by soldiers to supercharge their strength and  

  • endurance. Any troop or rescue worker can suddenly  have the strength and the precision of a machine,  

  • making the classic trope of the  “Supersoldier” a very real thing.

  • The suit even has a micro-computer and built  in sensors that make it super adaptable to  

  • the needs of the user, meaning it can do  the heavy lifting in more ways than one.  

  • The Soft Exosuit is just one more step  in every self-respecting geek's quest  

  • to see the Iron Man suit become  a reality in their lifetime.

  • The technology to make you a god-tier weight  lifter is one thing, but the tech to make  

  • you the world's greatest sharp shooter is another  ballpark entirely. “Spray and prayhas long been  

  • the mantra of soldiers who aren't super confident  at landing a dead-on shot in a tricky situation,  

  • but DARPA's awesome and terrifying EXACTO  ammunition could make this a thing of the past.  

  • These bullets are still in development, and many  of the details of their production are top secret,  

  • but it's believed EXACTO ammunition is  fitted with built-in guidance systems  

  • that allow them to actively seek  their targets after being fired.

  • If snipers weren't scary enough already,  

  • the completion of the EXACTO bullets may  make them truly impossible to escape.

  • Did that last one make you feel a little  paranoid? We're sorry to report that that's  

  • nothing compared to the next creepy  technological marvel from DARPA.  

  • Most people aren't exactly huge fans of bugsand people working in intelligence across the  

  • globe have even more of a reason to hate themDARPA has been developing the technology to turn  

  • insects into tiny weapons of espionage. For  all you know, a fly in your room right now,  

  • that you haven't even noticed, could  be feeding audio straight to the CIA.

  • How is this possible, you ask? A DARPA project  known as the HI-MEMS Program has pioneered the  

  • tech necessary to implant a variety of different  insects with tiny recording technology. Even  

  • scarier, though, DARPA has discovered tech  capable of manipulating the minds of insects  

  • with electrical pulses, making sure they end up in  all the sensitive areas of their intended target.  

  • Watching you with their beady compound eyes...

  • However, it's worth noting that insects have  incredibly simple brains. Building a true  

  • interface between, say, a human brain and digital  technology would truly be an astonishing feat. So  

  • it comes as no surprise that, of course, DARPA has  been working on that one too. In fact, DARPA hopes  

  • to create an implantable device that will allow  for a precise connection between the human brain  

  • and the digital world, as part of its Neural  Engineering System Design Project, or NESD.

  • The end goal of this truly remarkable  technology would be transforming the  

  • electrical and chemical signals of our brains  into data readable by computers. It would allow  

  • for an unparalleled level of interpersonal  connection, and would mark the first time  

  • in human history that we could truly see  the world through another person's eyes.

  • But if we're talking about science fiction  technology becoming reality, there's only one  

  • thing on most people's minds: Laser weaponry. From  Star Wars to Halo, almost no futuristic setting is  

  • complete without some awesome laser weaponsand DARPA is bringing their own to the table.  

  • With the incredibly badass nameExcalibur”, it's  no surprise that these lasers really bring the  

  • heat. DARPA's combat laser weapon, designed  to be fixed to planes for aerial combat,  

  • is lighter, more efficient, and far more deadly  than almost any laser we've ever seen before.  

  • Some time in the future, if you're unlucky  enough, they might even be vaporizing you.

  • But what's a crazy, futuristic weapon  without an even crazier futuristic vehicle?  

  • Enter DARPA's Transformer Project. No, we're not  kidding, it's actually called that. With this  

  • project, DARPA's mission is to create something  that's as effective on land as it is in the air,  

  • a kind of flying car or tank that  some have described as a “a more  

  • militarized Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” These  vehicles will be able to fly in, land,  

  • and then continue their high intensity missions  on the ground, with a truly unparalleled level  

  • of adaptability. They're even designed to fly  250 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel.

  • Throw on a couple of Excalibur Laser Cannons,  

  • and you've got the coolest vehicle since  the Millennium Falcon on your hands.

  • However, while a lot of this technology is  mind-blowingly cool, it's worth mentioning  

  • that active combat is no picnic. In addition  to obvious death tolls and physical injuries,  

  • people involved in these kinds  of combat engagements can often  

  • develop debilitating mental illnesses  like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,  

  • or PTSD. But DARPA is also developing  new technology to help treat PTSD,  

  • along with a number of other serious ailmentslike anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

  • It all comes down to a project known as SUBNETS,  

  • which stands for the Systems-Based  Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies project.  

  • While the exact science is still being developedthis piece of cutting edge neurotechnology  

  • is a brain implant that treats neurological issues  from within the skull. Because of the sensitivity  

  • of the issue, DARPA has brought in a legion  of psychology, neurology, and ethics experts  

  • to make sure everything goes smoothly. After  all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Throughout this video, we've discussedhuge number of technologies developed by  

  • DARPA that would make the SCP Foundation  proud. They've regularly committed to  

  • turning science fiction into science fact  for over sixty solid years. And of course,  

  • no overview into some of DARPA's most  iconic projects would be complete  

  • without a journey into their most iconic  contributions to the world of robotics.

  • On the more basic level, we have the transport  and reconnaissance robots made possible by  

  • DARPA's coordination and funding. Two famous  examples are the WildCat and the BigDog,  

  • both created by robotics company Boston  Dynamics. These four-legged robots were  

  • built to traverse dangerous terrain  and haul military equipment, however,  

  • concerns about the volume of these robots  made people doubt their viability in combat.  

  • But that doesn't mean they're useless. These  robots are still being prepared today for  

  • use in dangerous environments and work in  risky fields like mining and construction.

  • The biggest debate still surrounding  these quadrupedal machines  

  • is whether they're cute or  creepy. That battle rages on.

  • And finally, an incredible machine straight out  of realms of science fiction: Atlas, one of the  

  • most brilliant humanoid robots ever created. And  of course, it was created by DARPA. This six foot  

  • tall beast of a machine was another collaboration  with Boston Dynamics, and has shown a strength and  

  • agility that prior androids have only ever dreamed  of - between the electric sheep, we assume. But  

  • before you get too afraid, there are no plans to  use Atlas in combat situations. Atlas is mainly  

  • intended for dangerous emergency situations, like  search and rescue missions into hostile terrain.

  • So there you have it, an exploration into some of  DARPA's most incredible projects. And these are  

  • just a fraction of the 250 currently operating, so  who knows what else DARPA is working on under the  

  • hood? They may not have monsters and anomalies  entities to fight like the SCP Foundation,  

  • but we can rest pretty easily knowing that if  ever that becomes a problem in the real world,  

  • DARPA has the skills, brains, and  resources to know exactly what to do.

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