Every day Nasa satellites are taking thousands of pictures of the earth and outer space. It is almost impossible for a single person to check all this new data in a short period of time. Although computers can be programmed to recognize certain visual patterns in exquisitely precision, the human brain is still much better at recognizing and interpreting certain qualities of the images such as beauty. With our platform we aim to solve many of these problems by establishing a collaborative community. We created a simple but efficient algorithm that orchestrates the process of scanning of the earth by humans all around the world. You can already get an impression of the power of this idea by observing the following beautiful pictures taken on Friday, Apr 10, 2015 (When the Space Apps Hackathon started). These images were selected out of a pull of 3200 images covering the whole Earth. We used the Brainterstellar Game which is our user interface algorithm.
Brainterstellar is not only useful for picking up the most beautiful pictures of the day. Actually one could address with the same principle all kinds of questions that are relevant for a sustainable life in our planet. For example the alarming effects of the global warming as well as other natural catastrophes could be easily monitored and addressed here. Another useful application could be entertainment: Can you see Italy’s boot kicking Sicily? Or the esthetically appealing fractal geometry of mountain glaciers and the surrealists shapes from clouds in the last image.