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Meet the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—whose work brought us innovations like the Internet, voice recognition and portable GPS devices.

So if you're reading this, you're probably using a DARPA-created innovation right now. Since its founding in 1958, in response to the Russian launch of Sputnik, DARPA's work to keep the United States at technology's forefront has created developments that have changed lives. For the first time in its history, DARPA is displaying its work to the public in this first-of-its-kind exhibit.

DARPA's mission: prevent the
technological surprises like Sputnik
and create a few of its own.
More about the exhibit
expanding frontiers

Field-Tested Innovation

Explore real artifacts of DARPA's past and present work, like Atlas, a high-mobility humanoid robot, and Spot, the world's most technically advanced robotic dog. Discover the agency's history of scientific innovations that have made their way into our daily lives. Hands-on interactives allow you to create a virtual robot, or highlight the technologies inside a smartphone that were developed by DARPA. You may not have known the name until now, but you're definitely familiar with their work.