New Scientist reported Wednesday that cosmologist Kate Land of the University of Oxford is exposing her research project to the collective intelligence of humanity. Land wants the public to help by visually classifying galaxy orientations. “We could try to program a computer to do this, but because humans are good at picking out fine details, it turns out it’s better to eyeball it,” she said.
Twitter is only a year old, with the majority of its community becoming active after the company stormed the South by Southwest Conference last March. Yet their open API is spawning lots of interesting ideas and uses of the community content. Released Monday, Remember the Milk—a reminder service—is one of the better concepts.