Comments: Iraq, Love, DARPA

Several of the companies I've worked for were all heavily involved with DARPA funding... They did spawn the internet, after all...

Posted by John at August 14, 2003 12:01 PM

And from what this article says, the computer mouse, which gave birth to an entire industry of people designing little mittens and mouse-houses for those addicted to the cutsey and kitschy* in life.

Everything has a down side.

Still, I think DARPA is fascinating and their failures aren't the least interesting thing about them. They think big, and they're not afraid to be unconventional.

* As I learned the other day, "kitsch" is actually the German word for "trash."

Posted by Anne at August 14, 2003 12:10 PM

Actually, Doug Engelbart was the inventor of the mouse... Not sure if this was done under a DARPA. I don't think it was, but I could be wrong. I absolutely agree that they have been an amazingly good influence on our society. However, I'm not sure that this is/was the only way to do it - i.e., under the aegis of the military. But then, my opinion matters little about such things. BTW, didn't know that word meant garbage. My view of reality is now being re-assimilated to accommodate this new information. Thanks ;)

Posted by John at August 14, 2003 05:04 PM