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DARPA Offers $50,000 Prize If You Can Figure Out These Shredded Puzzles


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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the $50,000 Shredder Challenge, which asks participants to devise new methods or techniques for piecing together a series of shredded documents.

DARPA wants to gain new insight into techniques that are quicker and more efficient than the currently used manual assembly or automated algorithm approaches.

The challenge consists of five individual puzzles, each composed of one or more single-sided, hand-written documents. The pages for each puzzle have been shredded separately, but the shredded pages for each individual puzzle have been mixed together. In addition, each puzzle could contain extra pieces or missing pieces. To score points, participants must download the puzzles from the Challenge Web site and submit the correct answers by Dec. 4, 2011.

"We are looking to the Shredder Challenge to generate some leap-ahead thinking in this area," says DARPA's Dan Kaufman.

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