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May 22, 2007

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Hanford

Depending on your definition of good, here's a few productive games:

The Google Image Labeler game (where you label images in a time limit, and score points, but it improves google's image search):

http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

Askville, where you help out real people by answering their questions and score "quest coins" in the process:

http://askville.amazon.com/askville/Index.do#answers

Jimmy

Luis Von Ahn (the pioneer of human computation) has a pretty accessible magazine article on "games with a purpose" -- http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~biglou/ieee-gwap.pdf

(The Google Image Labeler is a less entertaining version of his ESP game.)

A lot of researchers are excited about human computation these days, so it should show up in a bunch of interesting applications.

mikej

There's also an excellent presentation by Luis on Google Video that covers some of his games/ideas:

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-8246463980976635143

Emily

Don't forget SETI@home from a few years back.

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

jason

Don't forget Jane's World Without Oil project.

http://worldwithoutoil.org/

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