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Human Computation and DNN

I was watching this presentation from Luis von Ahn about using humans to solve problems that computers can not solve (yes there are still plenty of these). I found particularly interesting the fact that so many people don't do anything at a computer but play Solitaire.

I began wondering about applying the same logic to the process of developing an Open Source project like DNN. Is it possible to write a DNN application (module) by posting problems that can be solved by providing small chunks of code that can then be merged into the project itself? In a way that's what Forums and our very own Gemine Code For Review do: People post problems they have and volunteers submit suggestions. The problem is that not many participate, therefore the probability of solving many problems is reduced.

If you watch the presentation you'll realize that the key is to make it fun to do that, not only to increase the popularity , but to improve the usage ratio.

In any case this is a very interesting video to watch. And in case you did not know, Luis is the inventor of Captcha.


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