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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that it’s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella.

The wisdom of crowds effect has been on a turbulent journey over the last decade, graduating from a statistical curiosity to a key part of a global industry. The concept has been at the heart of some …

Tags: Aggregative Contingent Estimation Central Intelligence Agency CIA crowdsourcing Gary Gygax intelligence Mark Lowenthal microtask microwork State Department Wisdom of Crowds

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Behind the façade: How crowdsourcing will bring videogames to life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… as an industry dominated by the conquests of mythological lone programmers, now relies more on the collective efforts of a studio. While the lone programmers still exist, the colossal amount of work required to create modern games means their influence is much diminished.

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Today the rich heritage of big names like Will Wright (Populous, SimCity, The Sims), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario Bros, Zelda), Jeff Minter (Tempest, Gridrunner) or Rob Gilbert (Monkey …

Tags: ai cloud crowdsourcing E3 façade human intelligence Kinect milo Peter Molyneux Rob Gilbert Shigeru Miyamoto TedGlobal Will Wright

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We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Although the use of robotics in manufacturing processes and other fields is growing, artificial intelligence has not nearly progressed to the level many science fiction writers predicted. One of the key sticking points is robot vision.

While naturally the details of robot vision technologies are complicated, the bare bolts are roughly analogous to the way we ourselves see – with an eye and a brain. First, you need a camera or sensor to take in images (eye) and a unit to process the …

Tags: cloud labor collective intelligence computer vision digital outsourcing human computation mass collaboration Mechanical Turk research robotics

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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at the big antivirus companies concluded that Stuxnet was probably created by the US or Israeli intelligence services, and was designed to cripple the Iranian nuclear program.

This blog will self destruct in ten seconds

Of course, the US and Israel responded with the traditional mantra of the intelligence community: deny all knowledge. The story seemed to go away. The idea of governments releasing their own viruses into the wild is pretty sinister, but not quite as bad as the thought of …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 64). With such clear evidence that individual brains are unreliable, why should we assume that collective reasoning is any better?

Thankfully, researchers Stefan M. Herzog and Ralph Hertwig have investigated this very question, and set out to challenge Thomas Carlyle’s observation that “I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” We’ve written before about the dangers of overestimating your own ability, but what if our stupidity is our secret weapon? …

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