The New Grand Challenge
The release of "The New Challenge" puzzle signifies the start of a new sequence of puzzles aimed at determining the specific ways in which human puzzle solving can outperform best known automated methods. These puzzles are a result of the analysis of all game play results since we introduced the game in May. The puzzles we will be unrolling from now on are specifically selected to confirm certain hypothesis about the nature of problems where the collective "game brain" will outperform other search methods.
The CASP8 results showed us that protein exploration through foldit puzzles is a promising new paradigm for 3D structural exploration. It did not, however, point out the how and why people are able to get such good solutions. The "grand challenge" puzzles will hopefully provide that information. Should the results prove to be interesting, we will shortly afterward submit a research paper reporting our findings.
So let the Grand Challenge begin! We're counting on you.