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Gamers cure AIDS?

posted Sep 20, 2011, 2:57 AM by Michael Reilly
Okay, not completely, but there is a great article out about "crowdsourcing" scientific problems to people who like to play games and solve puzzles, and they accomplished in 3 weeks what some scientists haven't been able to do in years. 
What is "crowdsourcing"?  It's the concept of opening up a problem to the world, and letting them solve it.  Wikipedia is a big example of it, as are most free and open-sources softwares.  While there is the possibility for negative influences, in general crowdsourcing has seen amazing products and answers developed quickly. 
Here's a link to the article in, it's pretty cool!,2817,2393200,00.asp