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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-09-23 03:51:34
So there's this project called Foldit that's basically a game to piece together the shape (and thus function) of proteins. They consist of chains of amino acids that fold together by fitting together like puzzle pieces. Foldit gamers recently solved a key HIV enzyme (a type of protein) that had baffled researches for a decade.
The article goes on to explain how the intuitive and creative nature of the human mind can solve these extraordinary spatial problems that some of our most powerful computers have difficulty with. It also made me think of some of the downsides to human creativity...
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-09-22 15:48:34
Diplomacy VI - Spring 2005