In 1958, in the wake of Russia’s Sputnik launch, the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency was formed to prevent any further “technological surprises” and create a few of its own. Sixty years on, what is now DARPA finds itself operating in a world where the commercial market is as likely to generate surprises as the U.S.’s military rivals. The pace of development in commercial electronics, biotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI), and their potential for ...


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