EVE Online enlists community aid in real-world scientific research

    
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EVE Online is warping into a sector where hobbies and scientific research intersect. CCP Games announced that it’s partnering up with The Human Protein Atlas to help provide some much-needed crowdsourcing muscle for an important project.

The Swedish research group needs human eyeballs to comb over new protein images to look for anomalies and assign each image to a certain classification. Since this can’t be easily done by computer but can be handed off to an average person with minimal training, this seemed like a good project with which to include a large group of people (i.e., an MMO community).

To incentivize players to participate, CCP is giving ISK and LP to those who help out. The feature is currently on the test server and will come to the game proper on January 28th.

Source: EVE Online
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OH you have to check out more details on it here. 

http://www.eveonline.com/discovery/?_ga=1.98323999.1220069689.1453529956

annoyedbadger
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annoyedbadger

BryanCo well, give up an eyeball, get a monocle, at the price eve charges that would be a fairly even exchange…..

BryanCo
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BryanCo

“The Swedish research group needs human eyeballs”
Jeez, those EVE players really are dedicated.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

If they were really smart they would turn it into the bot-proofing mining mini-game that people have been begging for years.
What if someone made an entire MMO that was designed around crowd-think mini games to advance projects like this, making your “work” the basis of your character progression and cleverly disguising it all as fun?

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

this sounds exactly what nvidia has showcased for their deep learning research technology at various convention and gpgpu conference keynotes over the years.

it’s very exciting research that has a large degree of application both positive and dystopic in nature (from self driving cars to home security systems to autononmous ai military drone mecha – these things already surfacing in the real world right now, from google’s self driving car to samsung’s auto turrets guarding the DMZ between NK and SK.)