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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Shredder Challenge Update

A couple months ago I wrote about DARPA's Shredder Challenge, where code-breaker hopefuls were invited to try to decipher shredded documents with $50,000 going to the winning team.

In December, Otávio Good and "All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S." took home the prize. Finishing the challenge with just two days to spare, Good's San Francisco team was also the only group to complete all five of DARPA's puzzles.

The winning strategy turned out to be a combination of human and computer power. Bloomberg Businessweek writes that: "Good’s team relied on a custom-built computer program to analyze the ink, tears, and other markings on the scraps to suggest possible matches, as well as guesswork."

You can read more about the contest outcome on Business Insider.

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