10 days to solve 10 year old HIV Puzzle? No Problem for Crowdsourced Gamers
In 2011, it looks like gamers from a crowdsourced platform game foldit were able to in combined distributed cloud and crowd gaming power solve in 10 days a problem that had bugged scientists for 10 years. Though this is a while back, there may be potential that this can be applied to other ailments, and by 2013 there may be some new scientific advancement waiting in the wings.
It may also lead to interesting stuff with artificial intelligence too.
Even though the article is 2 years back, its still pretty amazing, and is a great sign that gaming by people around the world as well as the internet can lead to great things through the combined efforts and power of everyone!
From the article:
Scientists from University of Washington have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days.
Puzzled by the intricate structure of the M-PMV retroviral protein, an enzyme that plays a key role in the development of a virus similar to HIV, scientists have striven to find its chemical key for ten years now. Each enzyme has millions of possible combination in which it can fold its atom bonds, and determining its precise structure is a very laborious enterprise even for high-end computers with large processing power.
You can read more over here.
Though this article looks to be dated 2011, it seems to have been updated recently to correct facts (it seems the university was university of washington instead of washington university) as well as grammar fixes. I suppose the update has lead it to being updated on feeds and remake its way around the interwebz.