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MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence - A Smarter Planet Blog

MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence - A Smarter Planet Blog | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it
Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence,  is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead.
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Building a 'Knowosphere,' One Cable and Campus at a Time

Building a 'Knowosphere,' One Cable and Campus at a Time | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it
An optimistic view of how growing global connections, both virtual and face to face, bode well for the human experiment.
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Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons | Red Pepper

Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons | Red Pepper | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it

Capitalism in its present form is facing limits, especially resource limits, and in spite of the rapid growth of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economies, is undergoing a process of decomposition. The question is whether the new proto-mode can generate the institutional capacity and the alliances able to break the political power of the old order.

One way to describe the changes now taking place is as a shift away from a context in which the technological and economic advantage lies with economies of scale and mass production that depend on cheap global transportation and, thus, the continuous availability of fossil fuels. The move is to ‘economies of scope’, where bringing down the cost of common infrastructure for networked enterprises brings competitive advantages.

It is in achieving these economies of scope that the distributed, peer-to-peer forms of production made possible by new information and communication technologies can be deployed.


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Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution

Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it

Public sphere meets collective intelligence. -- Howard

 

"It is not the way the scribes of yore would have done it but Iceland is tearing up the rulebook by drawing up its new constitution through crowdsourcing.

As the country recovers from the financial crisis that saw the collapse of its banks and government, it is using social media to get its citizens to share their ideas as to what the new document should contain.

"I believe this is the first time a constitution is being drafted basically on the internet," said Thorvaldur Gylfason, member of Iceland's constitutional council."


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Cognitive Democracy — Crooked Timber

Networks, media, collective action, public sphere, markets, hierarchies, politics, decision-making -- Howard 

 

"In this essay, we outline a cognitive approach to democracy. Specifically, we argue that democracy has unique benefits as a form of collective problem solving in that it potentially allows people with highly diverse perspectives to come together in order collectively to solve problems. Democracy can do this better than either markets and hierarchies, because it brings these diverse perceptions into direct contact with each other, allowing forms of learning that are unlikely either through the price mechanism of markets or the hierarchical arrangements of bureaucracy. Furthermore, democracy can, by experimenting, take advantage of novel forms of collective cognition that are facilitated by new media."


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Poor Richard's comment, May 26, 2012 3:44 AM
How do we prep citizens for cognitive democracy? How about some cognitive hygiene? http://almanac2010.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/xtopia/
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How do we prep citizens for cognitive democracy? How about some cognitive hygiene? http://almanac2010.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/xtopia/
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CrowdForge: Crowdsourcing Complex Tasks | Boris Smus

CrowdForge: Crowdsourcing Complex Tasks | Boris Smus | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it
Work marketplaces like MTurk are great for accomplishing small, well
defined nuggets of work, such as labeling images and transcribing audio,
but terrible for many more complex and labor intensive real world tasks.
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Elinor Ostrom

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Every student of cooperation theory must read Ostrom. I was fortunate to have made the pilgrimage to Bloomington to meet her and Vincent Ostrom and to talk with her and her colleagues at their Workshop -- Howard

 

"IT SEEMED to Elinor Ostrom that the world contained a large body of common sense. People, left to themselves, would sort out rational ways of surviving and getting along. All these cases had taught her that, over time, human beings tended to draw up sensible rules for the use of common-pool resources. Neighbours set boundaries and assigned shares, with each individual taking it in turn to use water, or to graze cows on a certain meadow. Common tasks, such as clearing canals or cutting timber, were done together at a certain time. Monitors watched out for rule-breakers, fining or eventually excluding them. The schemes were mutual and reciprocal, and many had worked well for centuries."


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Book release:Towards Peer-production in Public Services: cases from Finland

Book release:Towards Peer-production in Public Services: cases from Finland | Mass collaboration | Scoop.it

 

Peer production is not in itself directly relevant to augmented collective intelligence, but I believe that understanding the dynamics of p2p production entails a deepening understanding of the ways our use of media can augment collective intelligence -- Howard

 

"This publication is a collection of articles that deals broadly with the relationships between peer-to-peer dynamics, and the design, production and provision of public services. Most of the cases presented are illustrative of recent developments and discussions in Finnish society, however other broader international perspectives which give historical reflection and future-oriented speculation on what might be the outcomes are

included.

 

There are many challenges and opportunities in designing, developing and maintaining services for participatory modes of governance, not to mention their co-creation and peer-to-peer aspects. We ask what can be learned from current research, and what is happening already beyond academia?"


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6 mechanisms that will help create the global brain | Trends in the Living Networks

Ross Dawson is a smart guy. The six mechanisms in the paper he discusses are: an idea ecology, a web of dependencies, an intellectual supply chain, a collaborative deliberation, a radically fluid virtual organization, a multi-user game. -- Howard

 

"One of the many reasons humanity is at an inflection point is that the age-old dream of the “global brain” is finally becoming a reality.

I explored the idea in my book Living Networks, and at more length in my piece Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life.

Today, my work on crowdsourcing is largely focused on the emerging mechanisms that allow us to create better results from mass participation.

Some of the best work being done in the space is at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. A few of their researchers (including founder Thomas Malone) have just written a short paper Programming the Global Brain.

I don’t think “programming” is the best metaphor. I prefer to think about the enabling structures and mechanisms out of which collective intelligence will be created.

However programming can be a useful frame, and in the paper the authors propose six programming metaphors that will facilitate the formation of the global brain:"


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