We no longer have to be naked in the “Garden of Eden.”
Transparency / openness of hardware gives you more chance, but it's hard to obtain.
I'm both amazed and terrified that hardware has gotten so microscopic that it's essentially impossible to be 100% sure that what you designed is exactly what is on the chip.
I think the military can / have to afford this; consumers who want a few megaflops for a few cents have to trust the foundry.
If it was a tactic, it didn't work. They received 14,000 responses on Monday (the last day for submissions), presumably additional ones on previous days. They came from all over the world - MIT submitted one.
They are required (by law) to read them all before responding. The have said they would respond in a week. Someone is going to working long hours.