# Not a kickstarter for science, a prize clearinghouse

Yesterday’s post on the reversible random number generators received some interesting reactions from my colleagues.  They were uniformly impressed with the solution to what everyone thought was a hard problem, but surprisingly, most of the scientists I talked to were most excited about the fact that dangling a $500 reward for solving a hard problem generated nearly instantaneous results. Typical comments: I wonder if I similarly spent my startup how much science I could get done… Also, it is amazing what$500 buys these days!

Think how many problems we could solve if we dangled a few prizes for other knotty problems.

Perhaps we need a clearinghouse where scientific communities can agree on a tough challenge, pool some minimal award money (like $500 or$1000) and let their young colleagues have a go at winning fame by solving them.