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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Ugh

As an American, I really wish the UK would learn from our crony capitalist / "crapitalist" mistakes rather than copying them. Yes, DARPA occasionally puts out an interesting new bit of tech. What's left unmentioned is the billions and billions of dollars in cash just burned away on stuff that doesn't pan out, and like all government programs favoritism, lobbying, and being in the right congressional district are far more important than the sanity of the project, technical qualifications and track record. It's still far more efficient than the government doing these projects themselves (same poor results with five times the overhead), but just put out a bounty and let private groups risk their own money and cash in if they find success.

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