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Showing posts with label wisdom of the crowds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wisdom of the crowds. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rationally Speaking podcast: Crowdsourcing and the Wisdom of Crowds

What do Linux, Netflix, and the Oxford English Dictionary have in common? They've all benefited from the power of crowdsourcing, in which a task is outsourced to a group of hundreds or thousands of disparate people.

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo discuss the phenomena of crowdsourcing, and ask: What makes it work? Is it ever unethical? And what are the limits to the wisdom of crowds?

Julia's pick: "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't"

Massimo's pick: The Phi2Phi App.

References: "Longitude"