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My Open Source Cure: Crowdsourcing and Cancer
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My Open Source Cure: Crowdsourcing and Cancer

After artist, engineer, and TED Fellow Salvatore Iaconesi was diagnosed with brain cancer he turned to crowdsourcing to find a cure, launching an open source initiative earlier this week.

By ‘cure,’ Iaconesi is looking for more than just a way to remove the tumor from his brain. He uploaded a video to YouTube asking for his friends, fans, and complete strangers to heal not only his body, but also his spirit.

Anybody who wants to participate can go to Iaconesi’s website and download a horde of (some very personal) data about his health. Using this information, individuals can come up with a cure – Iaconesi himself suggests “a video, an artwork, a map, a text, a poem, a game, or… a solution for my health problem.” He will post all the cures on his web page with the hope that others suffering from cancer, or other ailments, will also be able to benefit from them.

It’s been a few days since Iaconesi posted his YouTube appeal to the crowd, and today, Iaconesi released a brief update, thanking all contributors and promising to put up the first set of cures in the near future. Watch the video below, and stay tuned for the cures to go up on his site.

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