The Most Popular DARPA Tweets and Facebook Posts of 2017


DARPA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds are two of the primary ways the Agency shares its diverse research with the world, and engages communities interested in our pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies and capabilities for national security. Our posts on Facebook and Twitter reached nearly 20 million people in 2017. Progress in the fields of autonomy, artificial intelligence, and neuroelectronics—along with anniversaries of past DARPA accomplishments in the development of robotics and communications—were among the most popular topics. Did your favorite DARPA program crack our top ten lists?

Here are the ten most popular DARPA tweets of 2017, listed in reverse order based on number of likes:

10. September 11 Remembrance (September 11, 2017)

9. Tern (November 5, 2017)

8. Luke Arm Demonstration (June 30, 2017)

7. Tern SideArm Concept Video (February 7, 2017)

6. CGC Gameplay Analysis (July 29, 2017)

5. Experimental Spaceplane Phase 2/3 Awards (May 24, 2017)

4. International Cat Day Conundrum (August 8, 2017)

3. President Obama Farewell (January 19, 2017)

2. Move Over, Tin Foil (April 1, 2017)

1. 48th Anniversary of 1st ARPANET Message (October 29, 2017)

Here are the ten most popular DARPA Facebook posts of 2017, listed in reverse order based on number of likes:

10. DARPA’s Mission to Make an Accountable AI (September 29, 2017)

9. DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2nd Anniversary (June 6, 2017)

8. Carnegie Mellon Solves 12-Year-Old DARPA Grand Challenge Mystery (October 19, 2017)

7. Toward a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface (July 10, 2017)

6. Introducing Handle (February 28, 2017)

5. Phase 2 of Gremlins Is Underway (March 15, 2017)

4. Explainable AI (XAI) (April 18, 2017)

3. Atlas Robot Does Backflips (November 16, 2017)

2. DARPA’s Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will “Blow Our Minds” (January 9, 2017)

1. Stealthy Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle (May 27, 2017)

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In addition to its ongoing outreach through the DARPA news page, DARPA also regularly publishes a podcast series, “Voices from DARPA.” “Voices from DARPA” is based on the three-pronged truism that technology is a driver of our times; that since its founding in 1958 in the midst of the Cold War, DARPA has been a driver of technology; and that it’s the Agency’s program managers who are the heart and soul of DARPA and who therefore can be the best point of entry for truly understanding what the future will bring. In each episode, a program manager from one of the Agency’s six technical offices—Biological Technologies, Defense Sciences, Information Innovation, Microsystems Technology, Strategic Technology, and Tactical Technology—discusses in informal and personal terms why they are at DARPA and the breakthrough technologies for national security they are striving to create. “Voices from DARPA” can be accessed via BluBrry, YouTube, and iTunes.

Curious what other DARPA activities captured the public’s interest in 2017 and even earlier? The links below reveal the top videos and social media posts from this year, as well as content from prior years:

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Image Caption: The DARPA Twitter and Facebook pages receive millions of visits each year. In 2017, we shared information about new efforts and announced milestones reached in our existing programs. Click below for high-resolution image.


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The Most Popular DARPA Tweets and Facebook Posts of 2017