PopSci's favorite DARPA head turned Google exec has done her turn at TED, and the video has just hit the wires. Titled "From Mach-20 Glider to Hummingbird Drone," Dugan's theme of discouraging the fear of failure is a retrospective on DARPA's technological milestones and how the nerds at DARPA reached them by believing in impossible things.
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" Dugan asks. Her talk centers on science and engineering and how they will save the world if only individuals will step forward to attempt the unlikely in the face of doubt. This kind of resolve powers DARPA, she says, and has delivered everything from life-enhancing developments like DARPA's brain-controlled prosthetic arm to unexpected breakthroughs like tobacco plants that produce flu vaccines to far-reaching, world-changing innovations like the Internet.
Plus, here at PopSci HQ we can really appreciate her over-arcing message: "be nicer to nerds." See it in its entirety below.
I adore and appreciate Regina Dugan commentary.
I was always taught by my father a great intelligent and workaholic, “The only limitation I have, are those that I put upon myself. Anything is possible, if I just put my mind to it". This quote definitely comes into play as Regina Dugan says one of our great limitations is ‘fear of failure’. If you know how to save a video from your temporary internet files, I encourage you to save this one and watch it several times.
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
I love Regina Dugan's crusade against 'fear of failure'. This is one of the best talks I've heard recently. It should be required viewing for all high school seniors prior to graduation. I've always enjoyed DARPA projects. Now, I understand the philosophy that drives those engineers. Great! Just Great!
Kudos to Dr. Dugan and DARPA for bringing excitement in life
So now all of a sudden all the millions she has scammed our people out of with her misuse of power and crappy technology is just fine because she says she walks forward in the face of adversity or some other such tripe? The adversity being those pesky federal laws aimed at preventing corruption. The corruption is just fine now. She is rewarded with a posting that will enable her to ever higher levels of corruption. Real regular.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-either way, you are right.”
― Henry Ford