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

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… to “create lasting revolutionary change” and a project list that looks like it was written by Philip K Dick. Current schemes include shape-shifting matter, laser guided bullets, flying submarines and robotic beetles. Since its creation during the cold war, DARPA has been credited with some spectacular innovations including GPS, stealth planes and the first ever internet network. But for every hit, there’s been a (usually embarrassingly wacky ) miss. Famous failures include the …

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Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

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From Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe, great detectives have generally been diehard loners. Never, even when faced with the most mind-mangling mystery do they shout out for help from the crowd. Which makes me wonder how my favorite fictional P.Is would have coped with the recent rise of international, crowd-based crime fighters.

Sleuths in Seattle

A few blogs ago I wrote an impassioned plea (angry rant) about …

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

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… the sorry tale of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, which was set up by tobacco firm Philip Morris in the 1990s to dispute medical research on the negative consequences of smoking.

But thanks to some new initiatives, the traditional think tank model may soon be turned on its head. The new UK think tank newthinktank (most imaginative name ever) aims to bust open the walls of the Ivory Tower by inviting the crowd to contribute to its research efforts. Newthinktank aims to …

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