DARPA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds allow people around the world to connect with DARPA—to learn about and comment on the Agency’s pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies and occasionally to reminisce with us about history. Our tweets generated more than 14 million impressions in 2016, while our Facebook posts garnered approximately 15 million impressions. Progress in the fields of neurotechnology, cybersecurity, microelectronics, and quantum mechanics—along with DARPA’s development of unmanned vehicles that could revolutionize air- and sea-based capabilities—were among the most popular topics. Did your favorite DARPA program crack our top ten lists?
Here are the ten most popular DARPA tweets of 2016, listed in reverse order based on number of likes:
10. ACTUV Prototype Construction (February 16, 2016)
9. VTOL X-Plane Phase 2 Design (March 3, 2016)
8. DARPA Seeks New Creation Myth (April 1, 2016)
7. ACTUV Prototype 1st Ocean Voyage (April 1, 2016)
6. Announcement of TNT Program (November 17, 2016)
5. ACTUV Christening (April 7, 2016)
4. ARPANET 47th Anniversary (November 21, 2016)
3. Cyber Grand Challenge Data Center (July 31, 2016)
2. Neurotechnology Breakthrough Restores Touch (October 15, 2016)
1. D-Day 71st Anniversary (June 6, 2016)
Here are the ten most popular DARPA Facebook posts of 2016, listed in reverse order based on number of likes:
10. The Man Who Lit The Dark Web (August 31, 2016)
9. Groundbreaking Chips for Radar and Communications (January 11, 2016)
8. Chip-Based Lidar Sensors (August 8, 2016)
7. Announcement of Gremlins Phase 1 Awards (April 3, 2016)
6. Upward Falling Payloads Concept Video (May 18, 2016)
5. Announcement of TNT Program (March 16, 2016)
4. Quantum Teleportation Demonstration Smashes Record (September 19, 2016)
3. Revolutionizing Prosthetics at DARPA Demo Day (May 13, 2016)
2. Announcement of VTOL X-Plane Phase 2 Design (March 3, 2016)
1. Meet the Man with a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm (January 1, 2016)
In addition to its ongoing outreach through the DARPA news page, DARPA in 2016 launched a new podcast series, “Voices from DARPA”. “Voices from DARPA” is based on the three-pronged truism that technology is a driver of our times; that since its founding in 1958 in the midst of the Cold War, DARPA has been a driver of technology; and that it’s the Agency’s program managers who are the heart and soul of DARPA and who therefore can be the best point of entry for truly understanding what the future will bring. In each episode, a program manager from one of the Agency’s six technical offices—Biological Technologies, Defense Sciences, Information Innovation, Microsystems Technology, Strategic Technology, and Tactical Technology—discusses in informal and personal terms why they are at DARPA and the breakthrough technologies for national security they are striving to create. “Voices from DARPA” can be accessed via BluBrry, YouTube, and iTunes.
Curious what other DARPA activities captured the public’s interest in 2016 and even earlier? The links below reveal the top videos and social media posts from this year, as well as content from prior years:
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Image Caption: The DARPA Twitter and Facebook pages receive millions of visits each year. In 2016, we shared information about new efforts and announced milestones reached in our existing programs. Click below for high-resolution image.
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