Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Erick will remember DARPA from our mammoth 'Solid Metal Gear' sessions of yesteryear. They're also the folks who funded the real 'men who stare at goats'. This time, they've floated big red balloons to see how quickly news spreads on twitter!
"The US defence research agency has used 10 red balloons in a contest to assess the accuracy with which information spreads on the internet.
The giant moored weather balloons were launched on Saturday morning at 10 undisclosed locations across the United States.
More than 4,000 groups competed to be the first to pinpoint all 10.
A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the challenge and a prize of $40,000 (£24,000)...." readmore