Using Your Computer for Science

Want to make a contribution to science but you don’t have your own laboratory or access to radioactive materials? Well, you can do important work just by using your computer. Check this out.

There’s nothing stupider than a crowd. Take an average, intelligent person and put him in an emergency and he’ll likely remain calm and await instructions. Put him in a crowd and he’ll start screaming, looting and overturning cars. Right?

Well … not really. That’s why we have crowdsourcing.

“Crowdsourcing” is one of those business buzzwords that actually represents something very simple: letting crowds of strangers do your work for you. But it’s not just about convincing a bunch of bored people to do grunt work for free — when you see what the masses of untrained non-experts are capable of when they put their heads together, it’s almost magical.

Cracked.com is a humor site, but everything they mentioned in this article is real. You really can put your computer in the service of science and have fun while doing it.

Here are some links:

Phylo

foldit

zooniverse– This is a Wikipedia article that has links to a variety of related projects.