Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Using humans cleverly

If you haven‘t played the ESP Game you should give it a try. It is a game written at Carnegie Mellon University with the idea that players while engaged in the game label images from the Web. Which is a problem that requires human to solve:

5000 people playing simultaneously can label all images on Google in two months.

I‘d played this game before without really giving it much thought. It wasn‘t until I saw this Google video that I actually got the idea of the game:

This is a very interesting video. It‘s long, 51 minutes, but it is very entertaining and has enough humor to keep you engaged. There are some important lessons in this video, foremost is that harnessing those human computational cycles can yield some incredible results.

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