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DARPA today announced it would extend for the third year its High-speed Optimized Handling of Holiday Operations (HO HO HO) initiative, in which the Agency shares some of the year’s top breakthroughs to help Santa Claus and his elves more quickly and efficiently complete their holiday duties.
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DARPA’s technology portfolio comprises about 250 paradigm-challenging programs across dozens of fields, from quantum metamaterials and machine learning to neurotechnology and unmanned system autonomy. Throughout the year, the Agency produces updates about newly launched efforts, promising results, and major program accomplishments. We post them all on the DARPA website, which in 2016 received 27 million page views—a 35 percent increase over last year.
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?
One of the best places to learn how DARPA is redefining what’s possible is the DARPA YouTube channel. The channel is home to hundreds of videos showing the depth and breadth of DARPA’s research and the amazing people behind it. All told in 2016, our videos were watched nearly 3.5 million times, and viewers cumulatively spent almost 11 years looking at our footage.
In the latest episode of DARPA podcast series, Voices from DARPA, Fariba Fahroo of the Agency’s Defense Sciences Office discusses just how pivotal mathematics can be for, in her words, “keeping our models honest.” By characterizing the uncertainties inherent in the computer models we use to better understand complex phenomena, such as the flow of air over aircraft surfaces and through high-performance engines, as well as to design, engineer, and control today’s ever more complicated civilian and military systems, Fahroo aims to develop modeling frameworks by which these systems can be built and deployed with more confidence and insight than ever into their strengths and vulnerabilities.