A Hungarian physicist wins the world competition of decoders
According to hvg.hu, Zoltán Szabó, a 29-year-old physicist won GE’s global informatics competition, “GEeks go for gold”, in which competitors have to decode the conversations of GE’s smartest computers. The young Hungarian expert used his IT and decoder skills to solve the problem in two weeks.
The “industrial internet” – aka the integrated network of machines, individuals and data – changes our lives starting at the roots, and will generate twice as much data as the civilian internet. This is why it is outstandingly important for GE to get in touch with the world’s smartest, most talented software engineers and data scientists, who will be occupied with the designing, the development and the operating of digital systems in the future, who can supply GE’s industrial products and appliances through their digital skills.
To challenge these experts the enterprise invited the IT professionals, software engineers, professional and amateur programmers of 25 countries for a game, in which they had to decode what GE’s computers were talking about in binary language. More than a thousand experts joined the competition. Hungary is one of the countries with the most participants.
Out of the elite of the world’s decoders only the 29-year-old Zoltán Szabó, who is the lover of cryptography, modern IT algorithms and decoding, managed to find the solution. The young professional joined the competition because he wanted to relax his mind during the writing of his doctoral dissertation.
“This was the perfect challenge for me. As cryptography has been a passion of mine since the last year, I didn’t hesitate much about joining the game” said Zoltán Szabó, an employee of the Institute of Technical Physics and Material Science. He thinks that the first two exercises were relatively easy, but the solving of the third task took him two weeks.
Zoltán is currently waiting for the world’s other IT professionals to solve the problem as the competition hasn’t finished yet. He deservedly won the 10,000 dollar prize, not to mention that he can also take part in the GE Minds + Machines conference in San Francisco, in November, where he can meet experts who also understand the human language of artificial intelligence.
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