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Crowdsourcing Science

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I’m a huge fan of crowd sourcing. In my own life, I sometimes get so caught up in a problem that I stop seeing it clearly. An outside source, even (especially) one who knows nothing about the problem, can often provide insight that I need to solve it.

And that’s why I love the idea of using a video game to help solve actual scientific puzzles. In less than ten days, doing this in their free time, because they enjoy it, players of the video game Foldit, solved a molecular mystery that had been stumping scientists for over ten years.

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Healthcare, Science, Software, Technology

 

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One response to “Crowdsourcing Science

  1. Jackie

    October 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    That sure was a prime example of how to make the most out of crowd sourcing. I’m eager to see what other medical problems they can turn into video games! 🙂
    -Jackie

     

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