Comment 30563

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted April 28, 2009 at 10:13:24

No worries about the dupe Ryan, you corrected my typo anyway. The first computer network was in fact the ARPAnet, not DARPAnet.

You also make an excellent point about the spin off products which came from purely military research. We haven't been able to beat all our swords to ploughshares but if we can go from the military controlled ARPAnet to the (relatively) liberal and open internet we know today in a generation, then I have high hopes for the current research into tissue regeneration and mechanical augmentation. Though the former opens an even bigger ethical can of worms, and one hopes the civilian oversight is rigorous and public.

As for the later, has anyone seen the unfortunately named "HAL 5" suit from the (even more unfortunately named) Cyberdine company in Japan? Its a powered exo-suit to help people move heavy objects for longer periods.

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