The New York Times takes an inside look at DARPA
, the secretive defense agency
, mentioned frequently on Slashdot
, that is "changing the way we use machines — and the way they use us" in the form of a review of Michael Belfiore's The Department of Mad Scientists
. Besides tracing the history of the agency, Belfiore's book expounds on the well-known Grand Challenge
and its link to ever-more-automated vehicle control in civilian and military contexts, as well as other DARPA pet projects, including robotic surgery, information analysis, and the integration of electronics with the human body.