Rita Santoyo Venegas studied Philosophy at the UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her main research interests are ethics, epistemology, philosophy of technology, and game studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at the UNAM and is working on a dissertation about computer games as cognitive artifacts and the foundations of an epistemology based on critical digital game play and analysis.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
The Intellectual Power of Players: Scientific Collaboration through Digital Play
Panel talk, FROG main conference | Sunday, 15th October, 17:30 – 18:00
In this paper, I examine the notion of collaboration in player communities, for certain games can promote the creation of epistemological communities that work together to create new knowledge. I focus on the fundamental role players have while they play certain computer games that have been specifically designed to address scientific problems, such as Foldit, Play to Cure: Genes in Space, EteRNA, and Eyewire. These games are an outstanding example of the combination of scientific research and digital play as an epistemological experience, as players contribute with innovative solutions to scientific questions, and researchers analyze their contributions to incorporate them in ongoing research.0