[hackerspaces] DARPA Selects Hackerspace Space Program for contract negotiation

Pete Prodoehl raster at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 15:26:06 CEST 2012

The more I think about these issues, the harder it gets to decouple 

In seeing this article: 
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/164/ekso-bionics there's all this 
stuff about helping people who have been injured, but there's also bits 
about the military, and the funding, and I wonder if people would say 
they can't support such a thing, because even though it helps people 
walk who might never walk again, it's also got military applications. 
Again, technology isn't good or evil, but how it's used by people and 
organizations determines such things. (And your own viewpoint of course.)



On 4/4/12 1:24 AM, Thorsten Haas wrote:
> Jerry Isdale, wrote:
>> Today I got an email from DARPA stating that they have selected our
>> "Hackerspace Space Program" for contract negotiation.
> Congratulations! I recognize your effort to put tax dollars to work.
> You're already facing a bit of a shit storm. So you're aware that by
> tapping the funding of a nation state's defense program, you'll
> certainly be nominated for this year's  Wernher-von-Braun award!
> Not sure if you sold out an international idea to the military of a
> single nation or niftily funneled tax money otherwise intended for
> evil[tm] into an international, awesome project.
> "It's always been the doers, the risk takers, the makers of things".
> We'll see how you perform.
> Until then, I'll stock up my strategic popcorn supply to have enough
> while reading the flame war on this topic.
> Best regards, best of luck and call the ethics hotline if unsure,
> skytee
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