23 Aug '17, 7pm

A $2 Million Contest Seeks Solutions to Big Internet Challenges

A $2 Million Contest Seeks Solutions to Big Internet Challenges

In the season finale of HBO’s television series “Silicon Valley ,” fictional startup company Pied Piper’s attempt to create a decentralized Internet appears to have failed spectacularly, thanks to mobile-phone explosions and a disastrous attempt to move a server. But then the distraught founders discover that their network is actually ticking along just fine. How? It turns out that the network has jumped to smart refrigerators. Now that’s resilient! The Internet of Refrigerators is, of course, fiction. But could an Internet that is this resilient—or nearly so—become a reality? Mozilla and the U.S. National Science Foundation think it’s possible, and they aim to accelerate its creation by offering US $2 million in prize money to the teams that invent it—or at least get close. “We’ve picked two of the most challenging situations in which people are disconnected from the Inte...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/a-2-million-con...

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