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The reality show all about we talk to the machine


Teams can come from anywhere (hand picked, from major corporations, etc). Show starts with six teams of 3.
Teams should generally have a theme or rule they follow for membership that would be understood by / interesting to a non-technical audience::

Possible rules (may be combined):

  • All male
  • All female
  • Mixed gender / Transgender / Mix sexual orientation
  • Single sexual orientation
  • Athletic or anti-athletic
  • pro food preference / anti food preference
  • Attended school X
  • Attended public school
  • Dropped out of college
  • Republican
  • Anarchist
  • Democrat
  • Cyber Libertarian
  • Security Experts
  • SysAdmins
  • Car Nut
  • Gun Nut
  • Martial Arts Nuts
  • Redneck
  • Silicon Valley Douches
  • MBAs
  • FOSS programmer
  • Rockers
  • Emos
  • Electronica Headz
  • Old Timers
  • Kernel Hackers
  • Kid Geniuses
  • Startup Kids
  • CS PhD
  • CS Masters
  • Ivy League DropOuts
  • Ivy League Degree holders
  • Indian
  • Native American
  • AfroAmerican
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Suburban
  • Asian
  • Chinese
  • N. Korean
  • S. Korean
  • Taiwanese
  • Mongolian
  • Russian
  • Former USSR
  • Any country works
  • Any extreme ideology works
  • Roleplaying gamers
  • console gamers
  • pc gamers
  • gamers
  • ham radio operators
  • christian evangelists
  • hardcore muslims
  • autistic shut-ins
  • hermits
  • survivalists
  • paranoid schizos
  • geniuses
  • cyborgs
  • normals
  • tech celebrities
  • members of a sponsoring corporation

an so on.


Each episode is a game composed of challenges worth a certain set of points.

Each team carries it's point total forward every episode. Depending on their score for an episode, a team gets a set of choices::

Winning options: Steal a player from bottom score, add a player, get a secret weapon, steal a secret weapon, punish a loser

Winners pick:

  1. top score: any 3
  2. 2nd high: any 2
  3. 3rd: any one

Loses pick or receive: Lose a player, lose a weapon, inherit an encumberance (crappy coder, crappy codebase, crappy constraint like all code has to be in cobol)

Loses pick:

  1. any one
  2. any two
  3. any three

When a team 0 players, they are "krushed" and no longer in play. Other teams divide the spoils among themselves in the Arena of Cannabalism.


Each set of challenges is organized around a theme.

A celebrity technologist choses a famous piece of nerd culture that will form theme of the challenges: ie::

  • Accelerando
  • Ready Player One / World of Ernie Cline
  • SnowCrash
  • LoveCraft
  • The world of William Gibson
  • Star Wars
  • Watchmen
  • Steampunk memes
  • Dreaming in Code
  • The world of Neal Stephenson
  • The LongNow
  • Cosplay
  • The Thinking Machine / World of Danny Hillis
  • Mick Farren & Vickers
  • Peter Watts and Blindsight
  • BioShock & Rifters
  • World of Cory Doctorow
  • Islands in the Stream / World of Bruce Sterling
  • The Robot Code / Asimov

and so on.

Each challenge falls into a general form::

  • Start'em-up (mo $$ mo win)
  • Code for good (using code to help people)
  • Skillz to Pay the Billz (interview style timed problems)
  • Gaming the system (games and trolls)
  • cops and robbers (teams compete to secure and penetrate systems)
  • the Singularity (catchall category of awesome)
  • FOSS FTW (competitions based on opensource)
  • Get Physical (Robots etc)