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Collective intelligence is a shared or group intelligence involving knowledge creation and flow. Pooled brainpower emerges from the collaboration and learning actions of a community of connected individuals empowered by social media, participatory tools, and mobile platforms.
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ConsultingMD helps patients get speedy second opinions from top specialists

ConsultingMD helps patients get speedy second opinions from top specialists | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

ConsultingMD, a startup that connects patients with leading medical specialists, has raised a $10 million round of funding from Venrock Capital. The company, which launched earlier this year and previously raised $1 million from Harrison Metal, enables patients to seek second opinions from a network of top doctors, and to get referrals to  specialists in their own area. With the funding, the startup said it plans to further develop its technology and build out its network of elite doctors.

 

In contrast to startups like ZocDoc or HealthTap, which help patients find any doctor available in their area or online, ConsultingMD bills itself as service that offers access to only the doctors in the top echelon of the medical world. These physicians – who encompass the one percent of their profession – tend to be the chiefs or chairmen of the department, with publications in the top medical journals, the company says.

 

“The core problem is that in the highly elite world of academic specialists… access to these people is difficult [and] patients don’t know how to find them in the first place,” said CEO and co-founder Owen Tripp, who was previously COO and co-founder of Reputation.com. The company’s other co-founder is Dr. Lawrence Hofman, chief of interventional radiology at Stanford Hospital.

 

Through the site, patients in need of second opinion spend a few minutes describing their case, disclosing where they’ve already received care and authorizing ConsultingMD to access their medical history. Then the startup digitizes and indexes the relevant medical records (an often frustrating and dragged-out process for patients) and delivers it to the appropriate specialist on ConsultingMD.

 

While it can take the company an average of seven or eight days to aggregate all the records, once the doctor receives the information, Tripp said, they the doctor  can turn around a second opinion in an average of 48 hours.

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YouTube users now watch 6 billion hours of videos a month

YouTube users now watch 6 billion hours of videos a month | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

People are now watching more than 6 billion hours of video a month on YouTube, the Google-owned video service announced on its blog Wednesday afternoon. That’s  twice as much as just a year ago: In May 2012, YouTube announced that its viewers were watching three billion hours of videos a month. In August, that number had grown to four billion hours.

 

From the announcement blog post:


“We recently announced that YouTube hit an incredible milestone of 1 billion unique monthly visitors, connecting 15 percent of the planet to the videos they love. And those global fan communities are watching more than 6 billion hours of video each month on YouTube; almost an hour a month for every person on Earth and 50 percent more this year than last.”

 

Less than two months ago, YouTube announced that its site now gets frequented by more than one billion unique visitors a month.

YouTube announced the new milestone in conjunction with the Newfronts in New York, where various online video services are showing new shows to advertisers.

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Updated Readability for iOS boosts content discovery with ‘Top Reads’ and ‘Longform Picks’ features

Updated Readability for iOS boosts content discovery with ‘Top Reads’ and ‘Longform Picks’ features | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Social reading application Readability has added a series of updates to its iOS app and version 1.1.0 includes features that massively boost content discovery, while improvements ...

 

The service has added two aggregated reading lists — ‘Top Reads’ and ‘Longform Picks’ — which give Readability users an interesting new mechanism to find new content and articles, and the two lists are easily summoned via a menu at any time

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Top Reads is a selection of the most popular articles on the service — though it isn’t exactly clear how it is populated, perhaps by the number times each article is read or favourited — while Longform Picks is a collection of interesting reads, that looks to be curated by the Readability team.

 

It’s worth noting that, at this time, the new reading lists don’t appear to sync with the Readability.com top read list but, nonetheless, they are a nice addition to help stumble upon new content.

 

Readability 1.1.0 also includes a ‘time-to-read’ display, to help make Top Reads and Longform Picks visible to users, while the team says that it has made improvements to sync reading lists faster.

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Organizing the World's Scientific Knowledge to make it Universally Accessible and Powerful:

Google Tech Talk April 30, 2013  - Abstract: Not all information is created equal. Accurate, innovative scientific knowledge generally has an enormous impact on humanity. It is the source of our ability to make predictions about our environment. It is the source of new technology (with all its attendent consequences, both positive and negative).  It is also a continuous source of wonder and fascination.


In general, the value and power of scientific knowledge is not reflected in the scale and structure of the information infrastructure used to house, store and share this knowledge. Many scientists use spreadsheets as the most sophisticated data management tool and only publish their data as PDF files in the literature. In this high-level talk, we describe a powerful, new knowledge engineering framework for describing scientific observations within a broader strategic model of the scientific process.

 

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Wonderville, A Platform For Early Childhood Education

Wonderville, A Platform For Early Childhood Education | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Wonderville, an education-focused technology startup built by eToys vets from the dotcom era, is today making its public debut.

 

Wonderville, an education-focused technology startup built by eToys vets from the dotcom era, is today making its public debut. You might, at first glance, think of the company as something like a “Khan Academy” for the younger crowd, given that its goal is to augment a child’s education (K-8) with additional materials and teachings. But the similarities end there. Where Khan Academy focuses on delivering video tutorials to students, Wonderville sources third-party content from a number of places all over the web. This includes not only YouTube, but also Amazon and iTunes, among other things.

 

From iTunes, Wonderville pulls in mobile apps, ebooks and TV shows, and it uses these alongside the other sources, to build what it calls “smart galleries.” Each gallery contains a collection of digital content based on what kids are actually learning about in school. For example, a gallery might contain apps, videos, quizzes, and “fun facts,” related to Abraham Lincoln or Amelia Earhart, for example.

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BenchPrep Grabs $6M From NEA, Revolution For Cross-Platform, Interactive Courses

BenchPrep Grabs $6M From NEA, Revolution For Cross-Platform, Interactive Courses | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
When it comes to learning, BenchPrep believes that the most effective educational content doesn't come in the form of books -- or even eBooks. Instead, it's interactive and cross platform.

 

When it comes to learning, BenchPrep believes that the most effective educational content doesn’t come in the form of books — or even eBooks. Instead, it’s interactive and cross platform. That’s why the Chicago-based startup is on a mission to build an adaptive learning hub for interactive courses, where students can study content from any publisher, on the Web or on any mobile device. The startup has already released 100 courses, which are being consumed by 250K students, but the team has bigger ambitions — they want to reach 500 courses and one million students within the year.

 

To help it meet this scale, BenchPrep is today announcing that it has closed $6 million in venture funding, led by New Enterprise Associates with participation from Steve Case and Ted Leonsis’ Revolution Growth. This is BenchPrep’s second round of funding, following the $2.2 million it raised from Lightbank last year (when it became one of the Groupon founders’ first investments), bringing its total to $8.2 million.

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