Harnessing brainpower

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.

He’s the guy that invented Capchas which are often used in login screens to thwart spambots. He also made The ESP Game to help label images on the web.

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.

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