Since its inception in the late 50s, the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the US Department of Defense, has funded multiple research and development projects to come up with sophisticated technology for the military.
Their current goal is to invest in IoT and artificial intelligence to keep “warfighters informed as they never have been before,” DARPA said.
By investing in IoT and artificial intelligence, DARPA wants to build better weapons and spying mechanisms to improve war tactics and performance. The new sensors and electromagnetic systems will allow the US military to hack into enemy devices and communication systems to collect and analyze data.
In spite of some unattainable past projects or current inaccessible proposals such as brain-like chips and quantum computers, DARPA has had a few notable achievements, playing a role in the development of the internet, GPS technology and the computer mouse
As GPS can occasionally prove unreliable, DARPA has also been looking into developing new tracking technology, superior and more reliable than current GPS. High-precision clocks, accelerometers and navigation systems are also on the agency’s list of significant improvements, in which case “the sensors and circuitry have to be shrunk down and designed to operate within a certain power consumption limit.” The tracking sensors may prove a true advantage for soldiers as they could even rely on signals from television, radio, cell towers or lightning to provide accurate, real-time tracking.