Tag Archives: Eric Schmidt

Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

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… to judge it too harshly at this point.

Why can’t we all just get along?

But while Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin are busily plotting the future benefits of stretchable electronics, Google has another project which may serve as a vital template for crowdsourced policymaking and genuine problem solving. It’s called Google Ideas and despite its very un-Google-like online bashfulness (the initiative doesn’t even have a website), its first project, Against Violent …

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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

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… in history (without hurting animals)

This experience is the reason I admire historian Ben Schmidt’s recent success in getting people enthusiastic about history and digitization.

What Schmidt has ingeniously done is take two of today’s most popular TV shows – Mad Men and Downton Abbey – and check their dialogue for historical accuracy against millions of texts published over the last few hundred years. (For example, apparently even the phrase “I need to”, so common …

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Faces in the crowd: how crowdsourcing can help people fit into society

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… for the far majority of people, X facial expression equals Y emotion (confirming what fans of Eric Conveys an Emotion have known for years.)

You read my mind

So what does this mean for autism sufferers? Quite a lot actually. Growing up, most of us learn to “read” facial expressions naturally. We just know that when a parent pulls that face, it means we’re in trouble. But to an autistic person, suffering from so called “mind blindness”, it’s not so simple. Researchers …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

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… have begun to think outside the development sector – moving towards more commercial enterprises. Eric Hersman, one of the Ushahidi founders, recently set up iHub in Nairobi. iHub is a building where developers can enjoy their natural habitat – fast broadband, laptops, comfy chairs and strictly no dress code. The physical space is also a gateway to a wider, online community of developers, funders, clients and programmers – all keen to explore the commercial possibilities of Africa’s …


Crowd Labs Incorporated

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… assistants to pay, participants to hunt down and schedules to organize. Compare that ( as Lauren Schmidt did at CrowdConf this year ) to crowdsourced labor: a global pool of potential subjects who’ll work for a fraction of the price, and don’t need travel expenses.

It’s a concept the research community is just beginning to get behind. Some classic thought experiments – like the prisoner’s dilemma and the Asian disease problem have already been tried out using Amazon’s …

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