To summarize, all we did was to regurgitate a Make/O'Reilly/Otherlab press release that came out, oddly, in the middle of the SOPA debate last week. Perhaps no one planned it that way, but the news seemed to get lost in the bigger hullaballoo.
We said something that was interpreted as Make+Co. were becoming Pentagon tools, except not even written in such offensive language. We were much more diplomatic about it! (Exact words: "working with the Pentagon;" "taking money from DARPA").
Still, the bottom line is that Make, O'Reilly, and Otherlab will be getting paid by the Pentagon to bring forth the next generation of what we called "killer geeks," through a program dubbed MENTOR
. In their own words, they described MENTOR as a program to train the "next generation of system designers and manufacturing innovators" exposed to the "principles of foundry-style digital manufacturing." Take your pick...
But... Keep the following in mind...DARPA defined MENTOR's overall mission, in 2010 (emphasis added), this way:
"MENTOR is part of DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program, a larger effort to dramatically compress development timelines for future defense vehicles, shift the product value chain toward high valueadded design activities and democratize the innovation process. AVM seeks a “fab-less” approach to design of correct-by-construction cyber-electro-mechanical systems, a foundry-style bitstream programmable manufacturing capability and a crowd-sourcing infrastructure for development of vehicle systems similar to open-source software today."