Video Games and Science

Video games have been a pretty popular aspect of life for a lot of kids, teenagers and sometimes even adults. Within the past 20 or so years that video games have been created they have been modified and are becoming more and more realistic. There is a science behind creating video games and even sometimes science within the video game itself.

A man named Adrien Treuille is working on designing games for people that aren't all about shooting opponents, stealing cars or little Italian men in overalls. They are video games involving science! So far he has designed two games, Foldit and EteRNA. These games are meant to be fun and stimulating along with actually being able to discover things that scientist have yet to unearth!

For more information about the creator and what the games have done for scientific research check out some of these links!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/23/tech/innovation/foldit-game-science-poptech/

http://fold.it/portal/

http://eterna.cmu.edu/web/

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2 years ago
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I did some reading on Foldit and I find the idea of teaching computers human pattern-recognition and puzzle-solving ingenious. The human brain has so many paths for parallel processing and filling in missing information that it certainly has the ability to create algorithms that can be useful in software creation.

2 years ago
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While not necessarily science in the standard definition we usually regard, Google Image Labeler was doing some fairly interesting things to large data sets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Image_Labeler

Unfortunately, it's no longer available, but I find the attempt to utilize humans to collectively organize data quite interesting. Foldit seems to share this same direction. I'll have to look into it more! Might be fun to play.

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