People who do not have a scientific background can solve very challenging scientific problems. Insights from the citizen scientists are already helping in the quest for new drugs and green-energy technologies and could become an even more powerful tool in the future.” David Baker, University of Washington
In her August 8, 2010, Seattle Times article, Sandi Doughton reports that by using web 2.0 and collective brain power, citizens are helping scientists solve complex problems in a completely new way by participating in online science projects such as: Foldit, GalaxyZoo, and Stardust.
“The next generation of scientific discovery games will lead to a “democratization” of science, where the contributions of nonexperts will inform and advance the work of professionals,” said Zoran Popovic, a UW computer scientist.
Implications for web 3.0 and education abound. This is the second reference I have read to the “democratization” of future technology. See my August 1 post on web 3.0. Doughton’s full Seattle Times article may be read here: Video Game Schools Citizen Scientists.