David Edery, who was until recently part of the CMS staff and now works for Microsoft, has been generating some interesting discussion over on his blog, Game Tycoon, about how games might harness “the wisdom of crowds” to solve real world problems. It’s an idea he’s been promoting for some time but I only recently had a chance to read through all of his discussion. He starts by describing the growing academic interest that has been generated by James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds and then suggesting some of the challenges of applying these concepts in a real world context: -
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes aired a segment about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and its attempts to secure the internet from hackers, human traffickers and other criminals. One of the DARPA efforts the program highlighted — and did so even more in an unaired segment for the web — is a project called…
"BEIJING — The largest human migration in history — equivalent to almost every American travelling 10 times over — is being captured graphically for the first time, according to China's leading search engine.
The country's transport network expected to record more than 2.8 billion trips over a 40-day Chinese New Year holiday period. Travel volume is expected to peak Monday.
The movement of people throughout the country during "Chunyun," or Spring Festival Season, is being recorded by location-based data from search engine Baidu's mobile software products that track travelers. The country operates the largest mobile mapping platform in China, with 350 million active users, he said.
"We receive 10 billion positioning requests every day, which allow us to monitor when and where travelers go," Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo told NBC News. "Baidu is the first to make this map publicly available."
China has a population of around 1.4 billion, many of whom are expected to make several trips to celebrate the Year of the Goat, which starts on Thursday."
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