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Help the Pentagon Find the Red Balloons December 4, 2009

Posted by dataduchess in Uncategorized.
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Starting tomorrow morning, the Pentagon’s Research Agency, DARPA, invites you to help it study the capabilities of the internet. They will release 10 red 8-foot balloons in random places around the country, and internet users (aka social networkers) will have to work together to collect the GPS data for each balloon.

The first person to submit correct data for all 10 balloons will win $40,000. The competition will explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems.

Here’s the Official Site – its not too late to register!
Also, see this article from Monday’s New York Times.
(via New Scientist)



1. pupfiction - December 4, 2009

I wonder if Survivor-esque tactics will emerge because you have to help other people in order to help yourself. Maybe people will form “alliances”. : )

2. dataduchess - December 4, 2009

I was thinking the same thing – you’ll need to cover a huge area, but it only works if people truthfully share information… don’t know how many people if they will do it for free…

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