A surprising resource is
revolutionizing how we solve problems and get information. It is
available in great abundance and can be harvested for almost nothing.
This resource is the simple power of human thought.
We all know that
computers can beat us at chess, find enormous prime numbers and
remember our friends’ birthdays. If a task involves only
calculations and large quantities of information, then a computer is
perfect for the job. On the other hand, ask your computer to find the
photos of a lovely peacock that you took on your last holiday, and
it’s likely to throw in a picture of an elderly relative. Of
course, any of your friends could do a much better job, but only if
you can persuade them to bother. The emerging field of human
computation is doing just that by using computer games to harness
human brainpower. Read more »