Can gaming cure disease? By creating games like EteRNA for protein folding and nano-engineering, Adrien Treuille and his colleagues are outsourcing research, each week scoring and then actually synthesizing top players’ work. By studying players’ strategies, scientists can improve their computer modeling while also creating new ways to fight disease.
Phi Beta Iota: Major observation by speaker: humans not only beat the computers, but they also learned and became more intuitive and innovative, vastly superior to the computers, over time. Also introduces the term crowd-solving.