You may not have heard of the company DARPA, but I can guarantee that in the next few years the name DARPA will be as commonplace in our global vocabulary as McDonald's and Coca Cola. Unfortunately it is unlikely to be as well loved because DARPA design, engineer and create some of the world's most advanced military robots.
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So what has this to do with a site dedicated to plants, wildlife and the environment? Well, it is all about the progression of life. Most of us are familiar with Charles Darwin's theories on evolution and natural selection which, if you believe in such things, is a mechanism used to explain how one species can change to another genetically distinct species through environmental pressure.
Of course, this can take thousands, even millions of years to occur, but what happens when scientists takes over the role of God and create their own form of life? This is where DARPA comes in. Over a few short years they have created a number of 'animal inspired' robots, and while they are continually 'evolving' to become evermore efficient and effective beings, the speed at which these creations have come about is impressive if not a little worrying.
To find out just how far along we have come you can view DARPA's latest creation in the above Youtube clip Little Dog. The way this small robot navigates its way across challenging terrain is very animal like and you can see that little dog is 'thinking' its way through.
Once you have had a chance to absorb what is being shown in the above film clip, you can ask yourself this question. Just how much further are we going to go before the role of mankind becomes superfluous?
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