Tag Archives: Dangerous Waters


War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

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… designers out there).

Submersive elements

Finally, this April, DARPA waded into the deeper waters of crowdsourced gaming. The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel or ACTUV Program is a project to build an automatic submarine-tracking drone. DARPA has asked the crowd to help refine ACTUV’s software by playing a tactics simulation game. In the game players navigate a virtual drone through various scenarios: targeting enemy ships, hiding from commercial traffic, …

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Predicting the Facebook IPO: The crowd gets it wrong

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An excess of confidence can be a dangerous thing. As Mark Zuckerberg ponders the jagged descent of Facebook’s share price and industry analysts scramble to explain the social network’s woes, the aura of optimism that heralded the Facebook IPO has evaporated.

So how did it all go so wrong? One clue may lie in the crowdsourced prediction site FacebookIPODayClosingPrice.com. The site was created in response to a …

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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

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… which catch their eye and join in debates.

While the US has dipped a toe into the warm, radiant waters of crowdsourcing, Finland has plunged straight in. Unlike the We The People programme’s arms-length approach, the Citizens’ Initiative Act allows citizens direct access to policymaking, and it will be interesting to follow its development (and see how soon it is before someone suggests declaring war on Sweden).

The current crop of constitutional projects represents a new frontier for …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

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… in random information is known as Pareidolia. Though it may seem like a useless and potentially dangerous handicap to our thinking, in fact Pareidolia is a key part of one of humanity’s most useful abilities: pattern recognition.

Pattern recognition is the key to some of our greatest achievements as a species, from language and music to Where’s Wally. Now it’s becoming even more important, as it becomes clear just how advanced our ability is, and how difficult it is to create …

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Transfluent: tweeting in tongues

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… maniacs have a long-running, widely-broadcast TV show specializing in stunts so stupidly dangerous they make Jackass look safety-conscious. The Dudesons have many talents (like still being able to move without wheelchairs), but even their biggest fans would admit the guys aren’t exactly “intellectuals”. So recently, followers were surprised and impressed when Dudeson member Jukka Hilden suddenly began to tweet in fluent Spanish. Were the Dudesons secretly sneaking off to …

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