New White House Technology Officer Poses A Brain Teaser

Help Alice and Bob out of a jam

A week ago Monday, Princeton professor Ed Felten accepted a job at the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer. It’s a long title for a simple mission: translating complex questions about technology into useful advice for the president. How did Ed end the first week on the job? Writing up a brainteaser, and asking people to answer it on Twitter.

Here’s the brainteaser:

Felten is tweeting out hints. Here’s the first one, and now that the President is on twitter, maybe he can give it a shot.

Kelsey D. Atherton
Kelsey D. Atherton

is a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.