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Play a Game, Help Save Humanity

PhyloHumans are still better than computers at solving certain kinds of problems, so crowdsourcing is becoming a common way to harness lots of meat-based processing power. Turning the problem into a game guarantees even more participation.

Phylo asks players to find the best arrangement of colorful little boxes, whilst behind the scenes they’re actually aligning genome sequences. Everybody’s alignments are analyzed by the game and will be included in a global database.

This sounds like an excellent excuse the next time you’re accused of wasting time by playing games.

(via Discoblog)

Posted in Science December 6th, 2010 by Chip
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