Where We Live: Crowdsourced Science
Users can search for planets and analyze proteins from their couch.
Today, we’re talking about crowds...their power, and perhaps, their combined wisdom.
A recent Boston Globe column called the scientific world a closed society. But technological innovation has opened up the field to the ordinary citizen on the outside with online programs such as Foldit and Planet Hunters - attempts at “crowdsourcing” some of our trickiest problems.
Later on in the program, we’ll talk with a representative from the Planet Hunters team about searching for distant planets from the comfort of your living room.
Special thanks to Betsy Kaplan for putting together today's show.