This robotic competition is just great. Its like challenging human intelligence and of course technology. Its fun and challenge at the same time. Wish we could see some of these videos of competing participants.
This reminds me of humanoid communication robot Kirobo, launched by Japan. Its a chatting robot to give company to the astronaut. The report say they want to see how non human gives company to the people and gives emotional support to people who are isolated in space for long periods.
I guess time will come when everyone can dream of having a robot :-)
One other interesting omission from the rules is a requirement that the flash drive be readable when it is recovered. This goes to Tom's earlier comment that a magnet is not necessarily the best retrieval strategy, but since there is no requirement that the drive be readable it is probably a good choice. We may be training the next generation of lawyers as well as engineers and spys...
@goafrit: SPIKING communication - the preferred way nature computes. I think in 100 years, digital will be gone and we will begin to compute like nature.
Fascinating. I'd like to know more about spiking communication. Digital does seem limited. Just from what I can see from Wikipedia, it makes me think those helmets that transmit knowledge directly to the brain in sci-fi films and tv shows might be possible 100 years from now.