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Modern science can use cutting edge computers and technology with which to interpret unimaginable amounts of data across all fields. However, despite computers having simply mind blowing calculating abilities, there are certain limitations a computer cannot overcome. In these instances a human eye and brain is needed to analyse the information. Unfortunately, with the vast amount of data and information that can be collected there simply just isn’t enough manpower and funding available to the scientific community to process it all. Crowd science was born from this need,.

One of the most well known projects of this type was run by Sony with the [email protected], which was a distributed computing project which contributed the Playstation 3’s processing power to simulate protein folding for drug design and molecular dynamics assisting in curing a number of disease’s including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Cancer. But again, it was entirely down to the computer to run the calculations and simulations, there was no human interaction in the process so it was still limited to what a computer can do. So a number of crowd science projects can be found to try and fill this gap.

But even the millions of hours that these crowd science sites work are not enough, there is just not enough volunteer’s with enough time to complete the task. This is because there are billions of hours worth of work needed to make any headway. So where is there a huge resource of man hours that, if cleverly used, could be used to provide that time needed? Jane McGonigal, a game designer presented a solution to this problem back in 2010.

 

Enter Swiss company Massively Multi-player Online Science (MMOS) which aims to leverage the countless hours gamers playing computer games by integrating the tools required to conduct the research within a game and making it an incentivized part of the game. At EVE Fanfest 2015 Attila Szantner, co-founder of the company made a presentation introducing MMOS to the EVE community. You can see his presentation below.

In partnership with CCP to bring one such Crowd Science project to EVE Online, the compilation of the Subcellular Protein Atlas in the form of Project Discovery to help identify which proteins show up where in the human body and in various different types of tissues. The scientific applications are both very complex and very diverse which will ultimately assist in helping cure all kinds of illnesses.

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Project Discovery will introduce a mini-game as prototyped above. Players will help identify protein structures in exchange for potential ISK and Sisters Of Eve loyalty point rewards. The interesting part of this is that Project Discovery is not just limited to the identification of protein structures, as it can also be extended to many other scientific applications such as Astronomy.

Project Discovery is scheduled to come to EVE during the winter.

I for one will enjoy spending my in-between fleet time contributing to medical science. The ISK and the LP, however,  are a nice bonus.

  • Loan Wolf

    so ccp sells my time with out my permission nice NOT

    • random

      It’s your choice wether to participate in this or not.

    • Daito Endashi

      They don’t even sell this from what I get. It’s voluntary work for science, not for CCP!

      • Loan Wolf

        ok if it not being sold then its fine but sence when does ccp do shit for free and dont say plex for people bull shit you have any idea how much cash they make from that

    • Freelancer117

      They will sell your skill training time for Aurum (e.g PLEX) soon™ to.
      Transneural Skill Packet are NON Vanity items for the in game store.

      Welcome to the Company Cash Grab, lead by CCP Corporate Commander
      source: http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/accord-reached-at-ccps-special-summit/

      Regards, a Freelancer

      PS: google, Greed is Good and CCP Games, you might not like what you find.

    • Kraiklyn Asatru

      No, you are a moron.

      • Loan Wolf

        says the moron

        • Trauma Council

          No no, Kraiklyn is correct.

    • Trauma Council

      Are you intentionally being dumb or are you just made that way? Did you even read the article or simply not understand the concept. I for one applaud the Iinitiative. I’ll be “helping science” whilst waiting for fleets to form rather than ship spin.

      • Loan Wolf

        can you say baaaa sheepeople edit to add i bet you voted for brack obama and plan to vote for that traitor Hilary yet im the dumb one

        • Trauma Council

          I certainly can say “you’re a dumbass”. And you’re clearly a dumbass american because you’re so stuck in your dumbass ways that you assume, incorrectly, that everyone else in the world is an american.

          You’re a dumbass. A clueless dumbass. Both your posts here scream it.

          Edit – and it’s “sheeple”, not “sheepeople”. You can’t even get that right. Nor can you get right the names of your president or presidential candidate. Not surprising considering how HURR DURR you are. You’re a disgrace to your nation.

  • Viince_Snetterton

    So SoE LP just tanked…very nice CCP, fuck over the bulk of your player base even more.

    • Get over yourself

      You sir are the problem not CCP. This goes beyond the game.

    • Joseph Blade

      bloobloobloo

  • JZ909

    I think the most compelling concept for this would be for disaster relief. I think that satellite imagery analysis of disaster areas would make perfect sense for EVE (I mean, we fly spaceships). Just make an announcement that some planet had a natural disaster and needs assistance mapping it (with a link to the real world thing, because I think it’s important for people to understand what they’re doing). People warp to the planet, interact with some UI, and start marking places that have bern flooded, or buildings that have damaged etc. Then afterwards, people get a standing boost and some loyalty points with the empire that owns that planet as a little thank you.

    Not only would it be a good thing to do, it would be a social thing and it would give you some “I was there” moments. There would be screenshots and videos of hundreds, or even thousands of ships in space, each representing a person who is actually doing something to help. Alliances and corps could even send fleets. How cool would it be to be able to say that your online community drinks beer together, has fun together, and saves lives together. You couldn’t say that for most IRL communities.