Thursday, November 5, 2009

$40,000 or $1M

Why isn't the prize $1 million dollars?

Some of the previous DARPA challenges have run that high.

Could be budget. My guess: Nobody's proven that this is actually "DARPA-hard". So it could be a bit embarassing what the solution is. Kind of like these "Battlebots" programming contests where students program robots to fight each other in an online environment. The optimal solution was to program your robot to hide while the other robots killed each other.

1 comment:

  1. My guess: DARPA will give you the remainder of $1 million once you tell them how you did it (which, under the current rules, you aren't obligated to do). I think they thought they might turn some people off if they required it right away...