Random Access Memories

December 6, 2009

MIT team wins Darpa’s treasure hunt in less than one day

by @ 11:07 pm. Filed under Personal

MIT team wins Darpa’s treasure hunt in less than one day

From Bobbie Johnson, San Francisco – guardian.co.uk

A $40,000 online challenge proposed by the US government has been won by a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – just hours after it was launched.

The Darpa Network Challenge, which took place on Saturday, offered a cash prize for the first group to successfully locate 10 large red weather balloons hidden at a string of secret locations across the US.

Competitors were asked to use the internet and social networking sites to discover the whereabouts of the balloons, in what Darpa – the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – said was an experiment to discover how the internet could help with rapid problem solving.

More than 4,000 groups eventually registered to take part, but although the organisers had given players up to nine days to track the balloons down, the team from MIT scooped victory within nine hours of the launch.

“Darpa salutes the MIT team for successfully completing this complex task less than nine hours after the balloon launch,” said Regina Dugan, the director of the agency.

The winning team has not explained precisely how they came to discover the location of all 10 balloons, but the process detailed on the team website explains that they created a viral campaign to encourage people to put forward information they gleaned about the locations.

The team offered the first person to spot a balloon a $2,000 share of the prize money, but smaller awards would also be given to those who referred that player to MIT’s website – a scheme of incentives aimed at getting people to urge their friends to take part.

Whatever happened in the end, it appeared to work – and quickly.

“The challenge has captured the imagination of people around the world, is rich with scientific intrigue and, we hope, is part of a growing ‘renaissance of wonder’ throughout the nation,” said Dr Dugan.

In the end the eight-foot balloons were hidden in locations across nine states: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Leave a Reply

 

Lasivian's small corner of the web.
(Please wipe your browser before entering so you don't track in mud)

Internal Pages:

Categories:

The text MUD I frequent:

|o=o=o=o=o=o==o=o=o=o=o=o|
|........................|
|.%%DRAGON%%SWORDS%%MUD%%|
|..@8[////]8(|{%%%%%%>>..|
|........................|
|.Come battle in a world.|
|.with hundreds of areas.|
|.and 2400 player levels.|
|..You can quest, brew,..|
|..gain skills & spells..|
|..mine, backstab, chat,.|
|..level, study, scribe,.|
|..create poisons, pvp,..|
|..remort and tons more!.|
|........................|
|.Join us now by telnet:.|
|..dragonswordsmud.com ..|
|.......Port:1234........|
|........................|
|www.dragonswordsmud.com.|
|....Newbies Welcome!....|
|........................|

|o=o=o=o=o=o==o=o=o=o=o=o|


Misc:

Si hoc legere scis mimium eruditionis habes

Does your brain hurt yet?

retesostft vntphoim enuni toegtieittyft nece n tiog siheun sec eevd go doyvweelprnnstt ievtg h i tieosddfrntea ytiedtt uryrieyhmhsug rer hieoywle unie tnxeref nfls ettdsiedte fnsiei fdhfZ

(I can't remember how I encrypted this cipher , the first person to crack it gets 10$ via Paypal.)

My Email:

01001010011101010111001101110 10000100000011010000110100101 10010001101001011011100110011 10010000001101101011110010010 00000110010101101101011000010 11010010110110000100000011010 01011011100010000001110000011 01100011000010110100101101110 00100000011100110110100101100 11101101000011101000000110100 00101000001101000010100100110 00110000101110011011010010111 01100110100101100001011011100 10000000110011101101101011000 01011010010110110000101110011 000110110111101101101
WTF?

Time until the fool the majority of voters did not vote for is out of the White House:

Search Posts:

Archives:

December 2009
S M T W T F S
« Nov   Jan »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

External Links:

Things i've read lately:

QR Codes

(Scan these on your cellphone)

My website URL

My E-mail

other:

42 queries. 0.322 seconds