Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Calling online gamers! Be a freelance scientist!
Harness collective brainpower through online gaming!
Games with a purpose to harness idle computer gamers (is there such a thing?) hope to enlist the help of gamers throughout the world to solve problems. As a spin off from this Google have set up a game to label objects as quickly as possible to help improve the image search engine.
Another one is Foldit which involves puzzling your way through folding or designing protein structures to help biologists design the next generation of drugs!
Or how about classifying images of a million different galaxies to help answer some of the biggest questions in cosmology.
(from the New Scientist magazine Nov 2008)
Here is an interesting article about how Web2 can save the world, mmmm!