Why is my joystick smarter than your stethoscope? (Seth Cooper)
Science Kit for Seth Cooper
Thanks for requesting the Science Kit for my talk at TEDMED 2012! In my talk, I discussed the power of play to solve new and challenging problems, and how technology is changing the way we play in powerful ways.
This power has been shown in the protein folding video game Foldit. The following papers discuss what Foldit players have been able to accomplish. Players have been able to solve a long-standing biochemistry problem (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21926992), develop protein folding algorithms (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/11/02/1115898108) and even design new synthetic proteins (http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v30/n2/full/nbt.2109.html).
I look forward to more exciting possibilities in the future of games!
Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University