• After 13 years of trying to find the structure
of a protein, scientists created an online
competitive game called Foldit that asked
gamers to try and solve it. The structure
Mas then found in 3 weeks.
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    • True! The objective of Foldit is to fold the structures of selected proteins as perfectly as possible, using tools provided in the game. The highest scoring solutions are analyzed by researchers, who determine if there is a configuration that can be applied to the real world.
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    • Maybe the medical industry should crowd source information rather than keeping patents and medical secrets to themselves in order to make a grossly unfair profit. You know someone already has the cure for cancer and AIDS but they refuse to share it.
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    • Modern gaming is all about optimization, to push whatever system you have to its limit
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    • Crowdsourcing is a VERY powerful force when applied correctly
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    • Competitive protein building
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    • Okay but then the guy who figured it out should get the credit, not the scientists
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    • You used me... FOR SCIENCE
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    • Didnt borderlands 3 do the same thing?
      ColFlame 28 jun
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    • Remember when treyarch thought that the revelations Easter egg would never be found then a week later it was found
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    • One of the things keeping us from advancing is a division of industries. Having only people included who are all predisposed to thinking a certain way lacks perspective and ingenuity. No need to merge or meddle, share and produce for the sake of knowledge and humanity
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    • Gamers U N I T E
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    • Ur telling me that people without the proper equipment to find the structure of a protein found it because they were challenged to, and the scientists were able to confirm it despite having no idea how to test if it was right or wrong?
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    • Sounds like what they did to Borderlands 3. Making gamers assist with something. Im not quite sure of the facts
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    • Borderlands Science
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    • Protein build Speedrun (glitchless, any%)
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    • Fun fact-you were not expecting this
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    • Ahhh yes, let’s make a fun game for kids to play. Little do they know it’s for our research
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    • We should do with with Call of duty and overpopulation..
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    • That's why crowdsourcing is better than privatized shit
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    • They did this in Borderlands 3
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    • The power of gamers
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    • I wrote an entire nursing paper on this it's really interesting
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    • The internet really is wild
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      PorkSword 28 jun
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    • Lol they made Borderlands Science into a real thing
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    • Borderlands Science
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    • And the scientist kept all the research patents and made millions of dollars off of kids playing the game
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    • Gamers are the superior race
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    • InfoChecker but when we needed him most, he vanished
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    • Phexal 28 jun
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    • Now try gaming with quantum physics.
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    • That’s a lot of facts
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    • I will eat your genes.
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    • gamers R I S E
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    • Gamers confirmed to be an unstoppable force
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    • Gamers are pretty smart just nobody thinks it
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    • Their is now a puzzle for corona virus
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    • Honestly gamers are made to solve stuff like this it's hilarious just like man thousands of scientist probably with degrees are stumped and gamers solve it in three weeks
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    • Boderlands3 does the same thing for linking people poo to connect human DNA
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    • Yikes
      LarryD1 1 jul
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    • They’re doing something like that in Borderlands 3 right now
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    • That is the power of the populace. Also gamers. Gamers are VERY dedicated
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    • There is also another project called Fold For Doge, where you lend your computer's processing power, and get rewarded with Dogecoins
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    • Gamers are the superior race
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    • Eve Online has a similar minigame that uses astronomical data from Sweden to determine IRL exoplanet orbits called Project Discovery
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    • I played this for extra credit it was meh
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    • Give it to gamers and consider it done, cause most of the time we have nothing to do
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    • Didn't quantum physics have a breakthrough like this?
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    • Borderlands science headass
      iNoon 1 jul
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    • Gamers can be very smart when the activity is actually fun
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    • Gamers are on another level. Put anything into a competitive game and we’ll have flying cars in no time.
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    • Borderlands science be like
      Fukitall 1 jul
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    • I remember that shit I played it a bit
      kolkitty 1 jul
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    • There’s a newer thing called folding@home and it just uses your cpu and gpu’s processing power to research a bunch of stuff, Linus, pcmr, gamersnexus, and a ton of other people are doing stuff with this and they’ve actually had stuff going towards covid for a while now
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    • Me and my friend did the same thing but instead drew the structure of a molecule and found a new structure
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    • This was literally for a disease
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    • Gamers rise up
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    • Good job
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    • Do this with cancer. Gamers unite!!
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    • Talk about cluster computing...
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    • Who needs a super computer when you can have hundreds of gamers going ham for the high score
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    • Looks like they never got out of beta
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    • That game is fucking hard
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    • Gamers unite
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    • Stargate Universe did that. And kinda The Last Starfighter
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    • My advisor knew the PI in that project
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    • Crowdsourcing
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    • Borderlands 3 did this. I don't specifically remember the reason, but its a pretty fun time waster, I wish they would make it for mobile.
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    • I did this in my biochem class. The majority of it was accomplished by a mailman who really likes puzzles
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    • Lol and people dont think government agencies are doing they same but on research on personal actions
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    • Borderlands 3
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    • If you give gamers a goal, it WILL be reached.
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    • She blinded me with science!
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    • Something similar is in BL3 in the medical room.
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    • More proof that the world was built off the sweat and cheeto dust of the most opressed class. Gamers.
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    • And u didnt get paid.
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    • .
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    • X to doubt
      JoHnWaCkk 30 jun
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    • Borderlands 3 has an arcade game that’s using a game to organize San codes to help scientists study it
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    • Thats cool.
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    • Borderlands 3 has the same thing going called borderlands science as a game within the game.
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    • Good way of getting free labor
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    • I feel like they did something similar in Eve Online a while back, where we did something in game to help research. Or I might just be retarded and my brain just made it up
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    • I'm going to do what is known as a pro gamer move.
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    • It's like the start of Battlestar Galactica, it was a video game and whoever beat the final puzzle would join. (Mayve I'm thinking of a different show I only watched the first few episodes)
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    • Borderlands science
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    • There's also folding@home where it uses your computers cpu and gpu to create proteins that get sent off to then be tested against things such covid19, Alzheimer's, etc
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    • Gamers unite!
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    • Sounds like the borderlands 3 ingame game
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    • What?! We should call this... Crowd-sourcing or something. What an innovative concept.
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    • Isn't this called communal science or something? They had a mini game in borderlands 3 that did something similar
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    • Borderlands 3 also did this. Don’t remember what for but they made it fun while helping
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    • We're all better when we worlk together. One love, one life. One unit, lets solve problems
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    • Sometimes you just need some outside eyes
      jezkah 30 jun
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    • Gamers rise up and do scientist shit
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    • It also helped create treatments for some kinds of Cancers
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