Computer Gamers solve AIDS problem

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Computer Gamers solve AIDS problem

I keep asking myself " Are they just playin' stupid, or are they just plain stupid?..."

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That's pretty amazing. 

That's pretty amazing.  Actually, it seems like a stroke of genius in problem solving methods.  There are a sea of gamers and problem solvers from all over the world, and tapping into them not as consumers but a viable resource for scientific research is awesome.  I find it humorous that some of us think videogaming is a complete waste of time, but here are some of these gamers cracking incredibly difficult problems.  The scientists also deserve as much credit for presenting their problems in the form of a game that can be approachable by anyone.


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Ya, it's kind like the

Ya, it's kind like the infinite number of monkeys typing away at Shakespeare. Except these gamers are collaborating with each other.

I agree, what a brilliant move to assign these gamers to try and unravel the problem.

I keep asking myself " Are they just playin' stupid, or are they just plain stupid?..."

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At least you got a response.

At least you got a response. When I posted about this a month or so ago I don't recall getting one.

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I obviously missed you

I obviously missed you posting it.

I think this is a great example of human ingenuity.

Yay, opposable thumbs!

 

 

I keep asking myself " Are they just playin' stupid, or are they just plain stupid?..."

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So you know, I was trying to

So you know, I was trying to bump the topic to get more input but couldn't come up with anything to add that I hadn't already said. It didn't work so well.

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redneF wrote:I obviously

redneF wrote:

I obviously missed you posting it.

I think this is a great example of human ingenuity.

Yay, opposable thumbs!

My opposable thumbs are only good for pressing the space bar Sad

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FurryCatHerder wrote:redneF

FurryCatHerder wrote:

redneF wrote:

I obviously missed you posting it.

I think this is a great example of human ingenuity.

Yay, opposable thumbs!

My opposable thumbs are only good for pressing the space bar Sad

I use mine to snap my fingers, and point at my chest while grunting by the fire.  How else would I sign/grunt "I" if not for opposable thumbs?

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Miraculously amazing

I used to think that computer games are such a waste of time before. I could not even think they were the ones who will accidentally discover such an amazing breaktrough.

 


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Squady wrote:I used to think

Squady wrote:

I used to think that computer games are such a waste of time before. I could not even think they were the ones who will accidentally discover such an amazing breaktrough.

+1

I played FoldIt a few times, then got bored.  Who'da thunk it would do real science?!?

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