Its the first event where machines with no human involvement are competing in a round of “capture the flag, according to DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which is sponsoring and running the event. DARPA is the research arm of the U.S. Defense Department. The teams are vying for a prize pool of $3.75 million, with the winning team receiving $2 million, the runner-up getting $1 million and the third-place team taking home $750,000. The winner will be announced Friday morning. The winning autonomous system also will have the opportunity to take on the worlds best human hackers in the annual DefCon Capture the Flag competition set for Friday. Capture the flag is a speed-driven, bug-hunting contest on binary code, said Mike Walker, DARPA program manager for the event known as the Cyber Grand Challenge . People who can succeed at the top level of capture the flag are the worlds great bug hunters. And they can use that skill to hunt for bugs in the code that runs our civilization. The competition was first announced in October 2013 when DARPA first put out a call for competitors. http://talkvictoriakelly.prosportsmall.com/2016/08/06/challenging-ideas-on-finding-major-details-of-interview/More than 100 teams from around the world took up the challenge.
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As someone who cant help but grow close to her students, it can be very discouraging. You can only see your students get beat on so much, Sparks said. Some of them are so smart, its so sad. Knowing what she does now, Sparks said she would still teach in Alaska, but she would not have stayed the third year. The last year was rough, but I didnt want to leave my kids–you get attached. Page 3 of 4 – Through it all, she at least had her trusty chocolate lab, Mia, who came into her care following her freshman year of college. Mia made the trip from Oregon to Alaska, and shes also come to St. James, as Sparks and her pet moved into a home here in July. On one hand, the paucity of activity in Kotlik was beneficial for Sparks, because she could devote all her time to work. Theres not much else to do. She did numerous after-school activities, like coaching cheerleading and advising student council, to occupy herself and to keep her students busy, she said. And, of course, I read a ton of books. With a mother as a teacher, Sparks was a very early reader who always had a book and was in my little space, she said. With books, you get to be somewhere else and be somebody else. You cant do anything if you cant read, Sparks said. Even if you dont love reading, I always tell my students, everyone can find at least one book they love. She loves expressing that passion for reading to her students. Growing up, my favorite part of the year was always helping my mom set up her classroom. Sparks is also looking forward to teaching only two grades in St.
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