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.

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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