How Collective Intelligence is solving the world’s greatest mysteries

Collective Intelligence tools can reduce complex problems that computers find tricky to solve, into simple tasks that can be worked on simultaneously by large numbers of individuals. The examples below show how results of this parallel task approach can be rather extraordinary.

spaceCyber Space

In under a year, ordinary people classified more than 50 million photos of distant worlds through Zooniverse to help astronomers understand how galaxies are formed. This collaborative community is not limited to budding astronomers and star-gazers; members can get involved classifying material from all disciplines –from tracking penguins, to transcribing war veteran accounts, to annotating the work of Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

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gamingSerious Gaming

Disease and fun are not two words you would normally associate with one another, but designers behind the online game Fold It clearly feel otherwise. Bringing a new meaning to serious gaming, the protein building game open is to all and invites scientists, humanitarians and puzzlers alike to compete for the top score by folding the best protein. In one simulation, a community of 240,000 gamers took 10 days to identify the structure of an enzyme involved in the production of the HIV Virus.

In combining the powers of human intuition and cunning computer calculation, Collective Intelligence tools can produce extraordinary insight. This is why Silverman Research designed Crowdoscope: to harness the Collective Intelligence of employees, customers and consumers.

You can find out more about Collective Intelligence by reading our Collective Intelligence report.

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