DARPAMany of the staples of modern technology we take for granted have roots in the military's research and development arm.
Created after the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) makes investments and conducts research into game-changing technologies with national security implications. Just this week, the agency announced planned funding for military cyborgs.
While the agency's breakthroughs on cyborgs or stealth technology may not have obvious civilian applications, much of DARPA's past research does.
Whether you're using the Internet or GPS, you have some of the government's top scientists to thank.