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PostSubject: time critical social mobilization   Thu 08 Nov 2012, 8:45 pm

Cybernetics unfolds in reality with this DARPA challenge to find 10 Red Balloons located around the country...

Time Critical Social Mobilization: The DARPA Network Challenge Winning Strategy

It is now commonplace to see the Web as a platform that can harness the collective abilities of large numbers of people to accomplish tasks with unprecedented speed, accuracy and scale. To push this idea to its limit, DARPA launched its Network Challenge, which aimed to "explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems." The challenge required teams to provide coordinates of ten red weather balloons placed at different locations in the continental United States. This large-scale mobilization required the ability to spread information about the tasks widely and quickly, and to incentivize individuals to act. We report on the winning team's strategy, which utilized a novel recursive incentive mechanism to find all balloons in under nine hours. We analyze the theoretical properties of the mechanism, and present data about its performance in the challenge.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.3172

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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Thu 08 Nov 2012, 8:47 pm

MIT wins DARPA balloon challenge

MIT team first to identify locations of 10 red balloons scattered across United States, winning a $40,000 cash prize.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10410403-93.html

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December 7, 2009 10:20 AM PST Follow @lancewhit

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has won $40,000 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for correctly finding the locations of 10 red balloons scattered across the U.S.
(Credit: DARPA)

Launched on Saturday, the DARPA Network Challenge released the 10 red balloons into the air, then dared contestants to find their latitude and longitude by the end of the day. Since no one person could track down all 10 in just one day, the point of the contest was to see how participants would use the Internet and social networking to team up with others to solve the quest.

DARPA said that more than 4,300 contestants registered for the challenge, of which 218 actually submitted answers. MIT was the first and only one to get all 10 answers right, finishing the contest in just under nine hours, though a few teams got at least eight correct.

Prior to winning the contest, Team MIT explained its strategy at its DARPA challenge Web site. Interested parties could register to submit the coordinates of any balloons they spotted. All people who signed up would be given their own individual Web pages, which they could publicize using Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites. A snowball effect would entice more people to join the effort. And apparently...that strategy paid off.

One contestant who managed to pinpoint eight of the 10 balloons called himself 10redballons. This person also reported that as the day progressed, most teams managed to find at least five of the balloons and had started to publish the coordinates on the Web. He also said many teams were scrambling for clues to uncover the last two balloons.

DARPA enjoys a reputation for launching offbeat research projects that it hopes will provide useful information.

"The Challenge has captured the imagination of people around the world, is rich with scientific intrigue, and, we hope, is part of a growing 'renaissance of wonder' throughout the nation," said DARPA's director Regina E. Dugan in a statement. "DARPA salutes the MIT team for successfully completing this complex task less than 9 hours after balloon launch."

DARPA kicked off the Network Challenge, marking the 40th anniversary of the Internet, to see how social networking could be used to tackle broad problems and issues. The agency said it plans to meet with MIT and other contestants to learn what strategies they used to track down the locations of the balloons.

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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Thu 08 Nov 2012, 8:50 pm

Just think how the network can now be used to "DO" anything. This is what is now called "Connection Science", and it will be used as a technique to "pursuade" and "acheive"

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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 11:45 pm

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Just think how the network can now be used to "DO" anything. This is what is now called "Connection Science", and it will be used as a technique to "pursuade" and "acheive"

Is this related to the 'global brain' meme, C1? Perhaps to the Matrix-type harnessing of consciousness? I found the Abstract below when researching the ConnectionSci term, is this the area you're referring to above? In any event, it sounds HIGHLY disturbing---


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Volume 22, Issue 3, 2010
Special Issue: Affective Robotics

The roles of the amygdala in the affective regulation of body, brain, and behaviour

DOI:10.1080/09540091003682553
Marco Mirollia*, Francesco Mannellaa & Gianluca Baldassarrea
pages 215-245

Received: 14 Apr 2009
Accepted: 07 Feb 2010
Version of record first published: 27 Jul 2010
Article Views: 117

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Despite the great amount of knowledge produced by the neuroscientific literature on affective phenomena, current models tackling non-cognitive aspects of behaviour are often bio-inspired but rarely bio-constrained. This paper presents a theoretical account of affective systems centred on the amygdala (Amg). This account aims to furnish a general framework and specific pathways to implement models that are more closely related to biological evidence. The Amg, which receives input from brain areas encoding internal states, innately relevant stimuli, and innately neutral stimuli, plays a fundamental role in the motivational and emotional processes of organisms. This role is based on the fact that Amg implements the two associative processes at the core of Pavlovian learning (conditioned stimulus (CS)–unconditioned stimulus (US) and CS–unconditioned response (UR) associations), and that it has the capacity of modulating these associations on the basis of internal states. These functionalities allow the Amg to play an important role in the regulation of the three fundamental classes of affective responses (namely, the regulation of body states, the regulation of brain states via neuromodulators, and the triggering of a number of basic behaviours fundamental for adaptation) and in the regulation of three high-level cognitive processes (namely, the affective labelling of memories, the production of goal-directed behaviours, and the performance of planning and complex decision-making). Our analysis is conducted within a methodological approach that stresses the importance of understanding the brain within an evolutionary/adaptive framework and with the aim of isolating general principles that can potentially account for the wider possible empirical evidence in a coherent fashion.

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Just wondering if I'm in the right Nightmare science section... Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Tue 20 Nov 2012, 10:55 pm

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Just wondering if I'm in the right Nightmare science section... Rolling Eyes
I think what they're trying to understand here is how our AMG controls our brain function on an individual basis. There's a professor who has written quite a bit about this, but I forget his name for the moment, although you might find him by searching on the term "Emotional Intelligence". The AMG controls our emotional states, such a fear, so of course the elitists want us to turn this part off so we won't fear them and just do as they wish Smile

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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Thu 22 Nov 2012, 1:52 pm

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Just wondering if I'm in the right Nightmare science section... Rolling Eyes
I think what they're trying to understand here is how our AMG controls our brain function on an individual basis. There's a professor who has written quite a bit about this, but I forget his name for the moment, although you might find him by searching on the term "Emotional Intelligence". The AMG controls our emotional states, such a fear, so of course the elitists want us to turn this part off so we won't fear them and just do as they wish Smile

That's Daniel Goleman --just found him again; his stuff is looking very interesting & relevant and think I will post some of his video clips. Smile
I'm in sympathy with a Lot of his perspectives... (which is a blessed change) Smile
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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Wed 13 Feb 2013, 10:19 am

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Cybernetics unfolds in reality with this DARPA challenge to find 10 Red Balloons located around the country...

Time Critical Social Mobilization: The DARPA Network Challenge Winning Strategy

It is now commonplace to see the Web as a platform that can harness the collective abilities of large numbers of people to accomplish tasks with unprecedented speed, accuracy and scale. To push this idea to its limit, DARPA launched its Network Challenge, which aimed to "explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems." The challenge required teams to provide coordinates of ten red weather balloons placed at different locations in the continental United States. This large-scale mobilization required the ability to spread information about the tasks widely and quickly, and to incentivize individuals to act. We report on the winning team's strategy, which utilized a novel recursive incentive mechanism to find all balloons in under nine hours. We analyze the theoretical properties of the mechanism, and present data about its performance in the challenge.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.3172

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Just think how the network can now be used to "DO" anything. This is what is now called "Connection Science", and it will be used as a technique to "pursuade" and "acheive"

...Just realized how this also works 'the other way' - in that this is the kind of information one would need to BLOCK any organizational efforts should such be the goal, such as efforts to coordinate programs for some mutually beneficial goal. A program like Darpa's would effectively reveal where to "plug" all the holes...since organization is the KEY-- the sine qua non. Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Fri 15 Feb 2013, 4:47 pm

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]Just think how the network can now be used to "DO" anything. This is what is now called "Connection Science", and it will be used as a technique to "pursuade" and "acheive"

...Just realized how this also works 'the other way' - in that this is the kind of information one would need to BLOCK any organizational efforts should such be the goal, such as efforts to coordinate programs for some mutually beneficial goal. A program like Darpa's would effectively reveal where to "plug" all the holes...since organization is the KEY-- the sine qua non. Crying or Very sad
BINGO!!! That's exatly what they did to me.


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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Fri 15 Feb 2013, 6:44 pm

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]Just think how the network can now be used to "DO" anything. This is what is now called "Connection Science", and it will be used as a technique to "pursuade" and "acheive"

...Just realized how this also works 'the other way' - in that this is the kind of information one would need to BLOCK any organizational efforts should such be the goal, such as efforts to coordinate programs for some mutually beneficial goal. A program like Darpa's would effectively reveal where to "plug" all the holes...since organization is the KEY-- the sine qua non. Crying or Very sad
BINGO!!! That's exatly what they did to me.


What happened?? Can you say.......??????
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PostSubject: Re: time critical social mobilization   Sun 17 Feb 2013, 5:48 pm

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