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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is using a challenge program
to find out whether it's possible to put shredded documents back together again.
"DARPA’s Shredder Challenge calls upon computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex problems to compete for up to $50,000 by piecing together a series of shredded documents.
The goal is to identify and assess potential capabilities that could be used by our warfighters operating in war zones, but might also create vulnerabilities to sensitive information that is protected through our own shredding practices throughout the U.S. national security community."
This isn't the first time DARPA has used crowdsourcing to come up with new solutions.
In 2002, the first Grand Challenge
was issued: Build a robotic vehicle able to travel unassisted on a predefined path of about 130 miles through the Mojave Desert. The fastest robot to navigate the course in less than 10 hours will take home $1 million.
In 2005, the same challenge was issued again and this time Stanford's Racing Team
developed the winner, Stanley
In 2007, a new challenge began: Build a robotic vehicle that can operate in urban traffic, finding its own path while also following traffic rules. Each team was provided a GPS map of an urban cityscape, simulating military supply missions in an urban setting. Traveling among manned and robotic vehicle traffic, the team vehicles traveled through required points in the mock city. Teams were required to complete the 60-mile course safely in less than six hours.
The winner of the 2007 Urban Challenge was Boss
, engineered by Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing Team
. (previously on MeFi
2009 brought about the DARPA Network Challenge
. Under the rules of the competition, the $40,000 challenge award would be granted to the first team to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 previously undisclosed fixed locations in the continental United States. The balloons were to be placed in readily accessible locations visible from nearby roads.
MIT's Red Balloon Challenge Team
won the competition in under 9 hours.