Tag Archives: DARPA

Better shred than read: DARPA uses competitive crowdsourcing to revive destroyed documents

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… that those shredded documents might not be as unreadable as they thought.

Our old friends at DARPA (or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency if you have the time) decided that there might be something worth reading on those strips. They wanted to create software that could identify scanned strips and piece them together as quickly as possible.

Money to learn

DARPA’s annual budget is $3.2 billion. They could have hired a crack team of programmers without making a scratch …

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… if you: a) are a genius, b) are too crazy for NASA and c) really like blowing stuff up? Answer: DARPA.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a $3 billion budget, a remit to “create lasting revolutionary change” and a project list that looks like it was written by Philip K Dick. Current schemes include shape-shifting matter, laser guided bullets, flying submarines and robotic beetles. Since its creation during the cold war, DARPA has been credited with some …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Cebrian (you might remember him from such groundbreaking crowdsourcing projects as 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge and last month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking.

It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use crowdsourcing for his own nefarious (probably my favorite “evil-doer adjective”) means. I’m talking about when the Joker interrupts regularly-scheduled programming to announce his …