Tag Archives: DNA

Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… piece of video game music ever sequenced).

In the real world certain fragments of melodic DNA do seem to crop up again and again, but it’s hard to imagine legions of screaming fans queuing overnight for the chance to hear Loop 81 performed live. However, the researchers from Carnegie Mellon are not only interested in creating the perfect song. The project also provides useful data on the way individual taste and preference affects group decision making. This is a key area for future …


Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

A recent interview on Daily Crowdsource with Manuel Cebrian (you might remember him from such groundbreaking crowdsourcing projects as 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge and last month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking.

It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use crowdsourcing for his …


Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘think tank’? A passionately engaged team of experts, using their knowledge to shape the social discourse? A bunch of overeducated technocrats with no experience of the real world, dictating our futures? A telepathically-operated war machine?

Whatever your opinion, think tanks – or policy research units – are everywhere, …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Race has players betting on the fastest reactions among millions of copies of an organism’s DNA.

Like many great science projects, Biotic Games was created out of intellectual curiosity (the “let’s see what happens if we try this” impulse) rather than for any specific application. Riedel-Kruse hopes that:

“By playing games involving biology on a scale too small to see with the naked eye, people will realize how amazing these processes are… We are talking about …


Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… “Now that is clever dear, I’d never have been able to analyze the molecular structure of DNA all by myself!” Supervising village children, Indian grandmothers got some impressive results: test scores almost doubled in two months (perhaps Finnish schools should try recruiting Korean grandmas to bring literacy back up).

And the next step? The “Granny Cloud”. While working at Newcastle University, Professor Mitra recruited over 200 UK grandmothers as volunteers. Broadcasting …

Tags: child literacy crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work DNA Education Grandparent India Newcastle University South Korea Sugata Mitra TED

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