Hive-mind solves tasks using #Google #Glass ant #game [#crowdsourcing #humancomputation #lbs #urbanopoly]

Submitted by Irene on Tue, 2013/08/06 - 10:53

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929286.200-hivemind-solves-tasks...
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GOOGLE Glass could soon be used for more than just snapping pics of your lunchtime sandwich. A new game will connect Glass wearers to a virtual ant colony vying for prizes by solving real-world problems that vex traditional crowdsourcing efforts. [...]

Swarm! players seek out virtual resources to benefit their colony, such as food, and must avoid crossing the trails of other colony members. They can also monopolise a resource pool by taking photos of its real-world location.

To gain further resources for their colony, players can carry out real-world tasks. For example, if the developers wanted to create a map of the locations of every power outlet in an airport, they could reward players with virtual food for every photo of a socket they took. The photos and location data recorded by Glass could then be used to generate a map that anyone could use. Such problems can only be solved by people out in the physical world, yet the economic incentives aren't strong enough for, say, the airport owner to provide such a map. [...]

These ideas are possible with regular location-aware mobile devices, but Lawhead and Estrada think that devices like Glass make them more feasible. "It gets the technology out of our pockets and into the world," says Lawhead.
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