Rise of the hacking machines

I’m seated in a giant ballroom where vast rows of chairs face seven glowing supercomputers. Each liquid-cooled rack of servers is lit with a different color. The crowd of a couple hundred people cheers the computers on toward victory. Though they stand on a dais at the Paris Las Vegas resort as still as statues, the computers are locked in heated battle with each other. Commentators on a jumbo screen offer a play by play of the invisible battle. “The race for third is very tight,” says Hakeem Oluseyi, an astrophysicist, in a rousing voice.ForAllSecure’s team Mayhem stands as a silent sentinel in the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. Laura Hautala Funded by DARPA, the government agency that commissions far-out research for the US Department of Defense, this is the Cyber…

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