Melding Human, Machine Computing to Solve Big Problems

Machine learning and intelligence attract a lot of attention in the big data community. Now researchers are looking for ways to combine the emerging technology with human computation skills in areas like “creative abstraction” to tackle some of the planet’s toughest problems. Researchers at the Human Computation Institute and Cornell University stressed in a recent article published in the journal Science that they seek to combine the raw horsepower of high-performance computing with the subtle cognitive skills of humans. The combination of machine intelligence and human computation—defined as the “science of crowd-powered systems”—would allow humans and machines to ” accomplish tasks that neither can do alone,” the researchers insist. Examples of human computation range from Wikipedia to the web widget used to transcribe distorted text to prove a user is…


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