DARPA

Who owns the Internet?

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet

Episode 1218

Victor from Anaheim, CA

Victor wants to know how the Internet works and who owns it. The Internet is essentially a collection of networks. There's a great book about its foundation called Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner. It was a project of DARPA which got computers and networks to talk to each other. So in essence, the Internet is merely a protocol, with individual networks owning each other. The wires between them, however, are owned by ISP companies.

Humanoid Robots Make Great Progress at DARPA Challenge

Episode 1196

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, held a challenge over the weekend that put humanoid robots to task. The robots were expected to drive and park a vehicle, open a door and walk through it, turn a valve handle one full rotation, use a power drill to cut a hole in a sheetrock wall big enough for a person to fit through, climb over and through rubble, climb a metal staircase, and then perform a surprise task. The robots were able to complete most of these objectives, but had some minor issues along the way.