Anyone else going?

Looks like you can barely get direct roundtrip from LA<->DC for $600 now (probably double that if you wait a week to book).

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The group looks very interesting (some sort of prediction market/think tank it would seem after a quick look on their website), but the name itself just screams "Official James Bond Villain Front Organization". I would not be very surprised if they were involved with some sort of grandiose scheme to have chillingly good actuarial tables- which they kept accurate through direct intervention!

"So you see, Mr. Bond, our predictions come true- because we make them true!"

"So then, civil war in Yugoslavistan..."

"...will begin in precisely 35 hours and 20 minutes, yes, Mr. Bond."

"You'll never get away with this!"

(amused) "Oh? But I have predicted that we shall..."

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some sort of prediction market/think tank

They're one of the teams competing in the IARPA tournament that was mentioned here previously.

I'm glad they're taking a stab at the problem!

I hope they cut into future uncertainty!

Have they taken the cloak of haze off the future?

Oh, I crack me up...

Yes, I'll be going. We should chat!

(No idea why someone would downvote this.)

ETA - Nope! "Offer" of a full stipend not honored 24 hours after it was made. Not cool, Spooks, not cool.

ETA2 - Yup! They came through in the end, I went and it was extremely interesting.

How did you know the offer wasn't honored?

No longer able to register, received the message "Sorry, the maximum stipend amount has been reached. We apologize for any inconvenience."

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They un-retracted the offer at the last minute, and I was able to go.

I found it quite interesting also, especially meeting all those intelligence studies folks.

Their blog is pretty interesting, speaking as a member of a competing team. It's the first time I've seen any opportunity to compare my scores with someone else's in some detail. (For instance I did relatively well on the Russian election run-off question (.20), compared to my group (.50), but these folks did really well (.08).)

Wish this was closer to home.

I registered and bought air tickets, but some of the details are confusing me. I'm calling them tomorrow to straighten it out.