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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein professors, geneticists at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University have created EteRNA. EteRNA is another folding game: this time the goal is to help create the first large-scale library of synthetic RNA designs (which sounds like you’re studying for a PhD as opposed to playing a puzzle game ).

It doesn’t take a genius to see that gamification is getting a totally new crowd interested in scientific experiments. So what’s the next …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… absolutely nothing to do with an incredible piece of subtitling software in development at the University of Rochester.

I see what you mean

The software was created to provide deaf people with real-time subtitles for everyday life. Currently, deaf people are forced to rely on expensive professional transcribers, who are only available at certain times. The Rochester research team, led by Walter Lasecki, instead rely on Mechanical Turk users to provide live translation for a fraction of …

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Fortunately for Newt, a plan has been developed by a couple of scientists over at Arizona State University. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner put forward a paper last year suggesting the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life (SETI) program should be supplemented by scanning the surface of the moon for signs of visitors from another planet. The idea is that any traces left by aliens making a pit stop on the lunar surface would be preserved by the moon’s minimal atmosphere.

The pair proposed …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… currently).

Looking through the material gathered from the public so far ( here by the University of Oxford and here by the German National Library), makes you feel like you have stumbled across photos buried in your grandfather’s basement.

This feeling is partly because the material is so personal and authentic. But it is also partly because much of the text in the letters and diaries has not been transcribed into digital text, so can only be read in its original handwritten …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… also help create better, more democratic, Arab states? Tanja Aitamurto, a visiting researcher at Stanford, and Hanna Sistek, a journalist in Delhi, are researching exactly this question. Recently I caught up with them and discussed what they had discovered.

Stanford vs Egypt: compatible cultural codes?

Hanna and Tanja began by investigating Stanford-based crowdsourcing projects. During the uprising, volunteer programmers developed several platforms to support the Egyptian protestors. …

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