SmartPlanet: Supercomputers Have Limits – Humans Do Not

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Why supercomputers will always have limits

| November 4, 2012

A couple of decades back, in his seminal work MegaTrends, author John Naisbitt pointed out that no technology can ever succeed without a compelling human benefit, referring to it as “high tech-high touch.”


Likewise, some technologists are discovering that many computational challenges may be better solved by interactive, online games — not brute-force supercomputing.  In a recently released video of his latest TED talk, Shyam Sankar, director at Palantir Technologies, explains how a long-time biological puzzle in protein analysis was solved in a matter of days by three non-technical, non-biological amateurs playing a computer game called FolditRead full article.

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