Saturday, June 2, 2007

Human Computation and Fun Games

Yesterday I watched this Google Tech Presentation about Human Computation and was very impressed, both by the concept and the execution of the ideas.

Basically, the speaker talks about how to use "idle human brain cycles" for useful tasks, that computers can't do with current technology, while keeping people doing fun things. He called this relationship as a symbiotic relationship between human and computers. Really interesting.

I also was very surprised by the number of hours people spend with solitaire games: 9 billion hours in 2003?!?!

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