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Cyborgs solving Protein Folding problems

Arstechnica has an interesting article about protein folding problems being solved by a combination of brute-force software and human pattern recognition in the form of a computer game [1]. Here is a link to the primary source which also mentions the fact that players can design their own proteins which could potentially cure some diseases [2].

This is very similar to Garry Kasparov’s observations about ideal methods for playing chess given computers and humans [3].

It is also similar to Jane McGoningal’s ideas about using online gaming to make a better world [4] which inspired my post about choosing a free software mission [5].

What other serious problems can we solve via computer games and screen-savers?

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