Researchers recently suggested that the world‘s most difficult issues i.e. climate change and global conflicts can be solved by jointly using human and computer intelligence.
Researchers suggested that tasks like recognizing images and thinking creatively can be efficiently done by humans. So, using computers, people could collaborate in networks to achieve something which neither computer nor humans can do alone. Researchers call this growing field as human computation.
Pietro Michelucci, director of the Human Computation Institute in Fairfax, Virginia said the thing that appears exciting about human computation is that it gives us all a strong hope. Despite the fact that people have more hopes on artificial intelligence (AI), or super-intelligent machines, human computation provides an alternate view, he said.
Michelucci said by combining combine humans and machines using present day’s technology human computation can easily achieve what AI might achieve only in the distant future.
He said that as humans are involved in it both as participants and stakeholders, it can help to ensure that they are working under control.
A remarkable example of human computation is reCAPTCHA. It is an online widget used by about 100 million people daily. When a user transcribe distorted text into a box to prove they are human in order to access online content.
Researchers said that new human-computation technologies can help to tackle with some of the world’s toughest problems. “We can draw on human computation methods for stimulating innovation, eliciting new ideas, spreading them around and giving people the opportunity to build on each other's work”, Michelucci said.