This year it is 40 years since the first ‘Internet’ traffic occurred between the first 4 computer nodes of the experimental military sponsored network which grew to become the internet.
The original network was known as ARPAnet and linked computers at Stamford Research Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles as well as military computers. Forty years on DARPA – the Defense Agency Research Projects Agency are offering a challenge. “be the first to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States. The balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads.”
There is a prize of $40,000 for the first person or groups of people to submit the correct locations of all 10 balloons. This isn’t some flippant piece of marketing but a serious piece of research to learn more about social behavior in computer networks and how large computer-connected teams use their resources and connections to compete.
You do not need to be resident in the USA to take part in this as the object of the research is to look at the roles the Internet and social networking in particular play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building. Registration is now open and the balloons will appear in the US on Saturday December 5th. You can register your interest here.
Not really inclusion I know but an interesting piece of work!