The MIT Media Lab, my favorite MIT department, has done it. DARPA challenged the internet to find ten red balloons, each numbered and identified with a DARPA sign, scattered around the Untied States on December 5th. Entrants had until the 14th to report the winning GPS coordinates, but MIT had them in within nine hours (a bit longer than I predicted). Their ingenious plan was to try to include people instead of firewalling out false positives and blocking spies - and paying cold, hard cash for successful hits, a'la MLM.
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