Breaking: The Internet is good for something

As it turns out, everybody holds a piece to the puzzle.

Building a platform that loosely organized the successful hunt for ten hidden balloons across the United States, Riley Crane recently appeared on Colbert to describe how collective intelligence won a prize offered by DARPA. The agency - no doubt feeling sheepish about its role in bringing the Internet to life - wanted to know forty years later how the Web might be used to solve real problems.

It took eight hours to find all of the balloons.

Hat tip: MacArthur Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning