Thursday, July 21, 2016

How DARPA is contributing to the quest for a Zika vaccine - and Spot, the coolest robot dog ever

At a recent visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago we saw an exhibit featuring DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) technology. It was fascinating to see the projects that are being dreamt up to support soldiers in the field. One highlight was seeing Spot, a robot built by Boston Scientifics. Spot can run along side soldiers and carry cargo up to 100 pounds. it is just one of a series of robots DARPA is researching for uses in the military. 

DARPA is involved in many health projects as well, including one to create antiviral drugs that co-evolve along with the viruses they are meant to attack: Prometheus, a new program will use biomarkers to try to predict which individuals will become contagious after being exposed to the flu:

While the health stuff is pretty cool and very important, it can't compete with watching Spot run. Truthfully it's a little unnerving.   

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