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One of the biggest showcases for the unfolding robot revolution was the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) 2015 Robotics Challenge. By all reports, the competition was slow, full of failure, and absolutely riveting.
Self-driving cars have made it to Virginia.
There are times when folks in the private sector look at government and marvel at its inefficiency. Businesses thrive on competition, innovation, exploration, and a focus on meeting a need as fast and inexpensively as possible.
The world is standing on the very edge of the next big thing—the commercial application of graphene. Even as the super-strong, super-conductive single-atom thick sheet of carbon was first created in 2004, a useful application of this wonder material has remained tantalizingly out of reach.