For years scientists have been working to understand and decode the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS and until recently they have been unsuccessful. Fortunately just last week t he code was cracked under a new program which utilized video games to help solve the problem. An online video game called FoldIt was designed to help solve problems like this and thanks to the hundreds of thousands of hours spent by video gamers the problem was quickly solved.
Researchers say it is absolutely astonishing how quickly the gamers were able to do this; the three years of research done on the protein were absolutely wasted since the gamers managed to crack the code in just under 3 weeks. This type of research is still very cutting edge and despite previous beliefs that it would never work gamers were successfully able to prove that combining human brain power with computers is in fact an effective way to solve complicated problems.
At this point medical experts say that the information gained is simply astonishing and as such many more future projects are expected to be planned through games and other online projects. No word on what may come next but it seems like the future of medical and technical research might be based entirely on distributed brain power through video gamers and other online enthusiasts. Apparently no computers are as smart as the combined brain power of everyone on the internet.