December-7th-2009, 12:15 PM
Has quit quitting
M.I.T. Found the Balloons
December 7, 2009
With Lure of Cash, M.I.T. Group Builds a Balloon-Finding Team to Take Pentagon Prize
By JOHN MARKOFF (NYT)
A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology edged out about 4,300 other teams on Saturday in a Pentagon-sponsored contest to correctly identify the location of 10 red balloons distributed around the United States.
The contest, which featured a $40,000 prize, was organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, in an effort to develop new ways to understand how information is disseminated through social networks.
The winning group, a small team at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory Human Dynamics Group led by a physicist, Riley Crane, took just eight hours and 56 minutes to complete the challenge.
The balloons, which were 8 feet in diameter, were arrayed around the country. Some were in highly trafficked locations like Union Square in San Francisco; others were in more obscure places, like Katy Park, a baseball field in the Houston suburbs.
December-7th-2009, 12:38 PM
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Last edited by Monte Smith; December-7th-2009 at 12:39 PM.