CROWDSOURCING. The wikipedia article on Foldit says that it is a variant of “Crowdsourcing”, which is discussed in this wikipedia article. I posted here about James Suroweicki’s book THE WISDOM OF CROWDS, which is about another form of throwing a problem out to a large group of people. Surowiecki discusses how groups can under certain circumstances make better decisions than could any individual expert. Foldit is a little different because it seeks to collects ideas of individuals no matter what their backgrounds. What they have in common is the desire to obtain the benefits of the thinking of more people.

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