Luis von Ahn has discovered the most powerful CPU is the human brain and coaxing those clock cycles from human s requires…fun. He’s using video game design to solve problems and having people do all the “work”.
Play is the unexpected glue that lashes human brains together into a global overmind. So to build a good human-computation project, you can’t merely be a scientist; you also need to be a videogame designer.
Supposedly he’s planning on launching a company called “Games With a Purpose ” to help harvest spare brainpower to help with real world issues like helping identify dangerous items in baggage and verifying bank checks. Awesome.