How would you like to make $40,000? The best part is, you don't even need to leave your home.
That's because an engineering firm needs your help. They're trying to develop new technology and, as good as algorithms and satellite technology are, the human element is still critical to analyzing complex aspects of the imagery.
Your goal is to determine the chronological order in which satellite images were taken. It's not as easy as it sounds.
For instance, as you study photos from a shipyard, could you tell its location and the time of day each picture was snapped? By carefully examining subtle clues such as shadows, ship numbers and the movements of everything observed in the image, could you determine which photo was taken first?
It’s all part of a competition launched in late April by Draper Laboratories. Its Chronos Data Science contest is seeking new tools for analyzing satellite imagery in hopes of addressing global issues such as climate change, natural disasters and health crises.
Even as drones, satellites and algorithms become increasingly sophisticated, Draper Laboratories still believes that the human eye is a critical part of the equation. The winning person who successfully puts five pictures in order, from each of the three sites, will win $40, 000. The contest runs through June 27.
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