Tag Archives: NASA


Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 2010, the company has had an impressive first year. Completed competitions include: working with NASA on dark matter (okay I admit that’s pretty cool), improving the World Chess Federation’s official rating system (still reasonably cool) and accurately predicting the outcome of the Eurovision Song contest (totally uncool, but very profitable).

Founder Anthony Goldbloom aims to grow Kaggle into a “buzzing hive” able to support “hundreds or thousands of data scientists relying …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Question: where do you work 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 …

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… would be preserved by the moon’s minimal atmosphere.

The pair proposed that images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) could be categorized by image scanning algorithms then distributed over the internet for a crowd of enthusiasts to look at. Any suspicious objects found this way could then be sent on to experts for further analysis.

The LRO has already mapped about 5.7 million km². Unfortunately the images have a rather distant maximum resolution of half a meter …

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