Sound familiar? The astronomers sorting spiral and elliptical galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) ran into a similar problem humans could do the job better than computer, but there was so much data to examine that it would take a small team of scientists months or years of solid work to do the job. So they started the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project, which asked volunteers to sort the images in their free time. The Galaxy Zoo team averaged together the classifications of multiple users for each image, which produced accurate classification results even though the users were untrained amateurs who had been given only a brief tutorial. Since then, the Galaxy Zoo team has added over a dozen other citizen science projects in astronomy, biology, and climate science to the Zooniverse website.
Whoever said that ignorance is bliss wasn't refering to a person with a computer at his fingertips!
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