"If everything we invest in works then we are probably not reaching far enough." - Arati Prabhakar, Head of DARPA
The link below is worth watching if you ever wonder how DARPA thinks and was formed. It's fascinating to see how cognizant they are of the reprecussions of their research. There are some interesting thoughts about reconstructing neural signals, mapping the brain for amputees, and mapping the pathways for memory.
"Once you start down a path you actually have to stop and be clear with yourself whether it is a failure."- Arati Prabhakar
The quotes I pulled out are good for any discipline. We all have to rethink failure and what that means. A quote that always stood with me was, 'there is no good or bad there just is.' In a lot of ways that's true but not absolute. I do believe it is important to grow and adapt, just as it is important in how we choose to view failure.