The in-game view of Quantum Moves with an optical tweezer (the vertical blue line), and a single trapped atom denoted by the purple liquid above the blue line. The blue circle indicates where the players should touch the screen. A movie showing the Quantum Moves game studied by the researchers is available to watch. (Image credit: ScienceAtHome)
Computer gamers can teach quantum physicists a thing or two! At least according to the results of a study using an online game platform called Quantum Moves, which presents problems in quantum physics as games. So far the games have been played 500,000 times by about 10,000 different players.
The research confirmed that using the game, participants were able to solve difficult quantum problems and out performed computer strategies according to an accompanying News & Views article.
Original research paper published in Nature on April 13, 2015.
Names and affiliations of selected authors
Jacob Sherson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
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