Gamers – Unlimited Resource


So I was shown this on another website by some gaming buddies. I thought it was so awesome and interesting that I would show you guys.

Here is the skinny:

Researchers made a video game called FoldIt to simulate protein folding that would help solve some respectable scientific problems. Today it was reported that the players of the game have solved a problem revolving around an issue with the HIV virus. Just so you know, this is a big deal.

Taking complex problems and putting them in a video game to utilize human reasoning and problem solving is a relative new concept. By doing this scientists can take large problems that computer processing cannot necessarily solve easily. This is an awesome usage of community, unused resources, and technology that really shows what people are capable of doing when they work together…….. or in competition…… depends on where you stand on the idea. It also shows how far intellectual skills have come and can be used to achieve goals under wide-spread platforms. This really is amazing.




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4 thoughts on “Gamers – Unlimited Resource

  1. Way cool my friend. Great informative post as usual. The first photo got me by the paw!

  2. goldfish says:

    Video games making the world a better place. Take that, naysayers!

  3. Nick says:

    i only clicked the article because of the photo and was disappointed that the article was gamers solving something or other and not about video gaming cats. YOU LIED!

    Also I realize that was a giant run on sentence and terribly put together.

  4. […] few days old as well, but the other day gamers around the world DID IT AGAIN.  I say again due to THIS post by Mr. Frank Bishop.  First the FoldIt game where they helped further a potential cure for […]

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