Everyone seems to have an opinion on the future prospects of Facebook and Twitter. Some of us even feel strongly enough to want to bet on it. Unfortunately, the companies are privately held, and unavailable to be bet on in the traditional way, via the stock market. It is not just household names like Facebook and Twitter that people might want to bet on, but also smaller companies like Weebly, or the Universal Record Database (URDB.)
Archive for the ‘Crowdsourcing’ Category
Everyone has heard about the Large Hadron Collider, arguably the most ambitious and complex engineering project ever undertaken, anywhere. The purpose, no less ambitious, is to answer all sorts of burning questions about the nature of the universe, including whether the Standard Model of particle physics is valid. Given such ambition and high stakes, it would surprise most people that the LHC is managed in a collaborative manner with very little hierarchy. Essentially it’s a giant, crowdsourced science experiment.
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Competition, Computation, Crowdsourcing, Evolution, Games, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Socio-technical systems, Visualization, tagged Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Competition, Computation, Crowdsourcing, Evolution, Games, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Socio-technical systems, Visualization on May 25, 2009| 2 Comments »
Has anyone played Foldit, the protein-folding game that is designed to advance the science? This Wired article makes it sound like Ender’s Game meets biochemistry! Sounds like the Poehlman kid is the protein-folding equivalent of Stephen Wiltshire. I love the crowdsourcing, the meta-evolutionary algorithm of it (to find the savants), and the implications for science.
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Autism, Crowdsourcing, Limits of Knowledge, Markets, Science, Socio-technical systems, tagged Alternative Institutions, Autism, Crowdsourcing, Limits of Knowledge, Markets, Science, Socio-technical systems on May 5, 2009| 17 Comments »
I have been having a 140 character discussion with Ciarán Brewster (@macbruski) via twitter. And while it’s kind of interesting to force complex subject matter into very few characters, it is limiting the discussion, so I will summarize it so far here and hopefully others can weigh in too.
One problem facing financial institutions is not knowing what the Mortgage Backed Securities they hold are worth. One problem facing homeowners is that the abandoned and unmaintained house beside them is dragging down the value of their property. An anecdotal story from Modesto, Ca has two neighbors getting together, purchasing the abandoned house and renting it out. One less eyesore on their block, one less eyesore mortgage on some bank’s books.
What if all financial institutions accepting federal aid were forced to list on E-Bay, sorted by zip code, every house on their books that is abandoned or in foreclosure? (more…)
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Creativity, Crowdsourcing, Epistemology, Science, tagged Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Creativity, Crowdsourcing, Epistemology, Science on March 25, 2009| 3 Comments »
One of my favorite talks of all time is Ken Robinson’s on how children are born naturally innovative and the process of schooling and growing up in our society beats it out of them by the time they are adults. More recently, Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat Pray Love fame) opened some eyes with this talk on how we think of individual creativity and where it comes from.