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Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… global survey of child literacy.

The study ranked Finnish students below those in Shanghai and South Korea.

Many people blame excessive technology for the educational downturn. Finnish kids of today are internet addicts – plugged in, switched on, zoned out.

But not everyone agrees that children and computers should be kept apart. Educational expert Professor Sugata Mitra has spent the last decade researching how computers can help to educate some of the world’s poorest children. …

Tags: child literacy crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work DNA Education Grandparent India Newcastle University South Korea Sugata Mitra TED

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When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… it implies. The people of the rest of the world, whether living in extreme states like North Korea and Zimbabwe, or major economic powers like Russia and China, do not sleep so soundly.

For your information

In the end, the power of the state stems from its ability to coerce – especially in countries where its legitimacy is challenged. But almost as important is its access to vast amounts of information, and ability to control what information reaches individuals. As we all know, …

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Trillion Fund: where normal people can invest (and save the world)

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

… the UK for example (and yes there is enough sun for it to be worthwhile! So long as the roofs face south-ish).

In the end the choice of where to invest and the level of risk is something each investor must decide for themselves. Despite our name we are not a traditional fund. Instead of choosing investments for our members, we will find the very best projects to invest in and provide the tools and information to make it as enjoyable and rewarding an experience as possible.

When should I …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As anyone who has ever wandered the aisles of an airport bookstore knows, the world today is a flat and shrinking global village (with a long tail), where everyone is friends with Kevin Bacon . Those of us who spend our time immersed in the hyper-connected world that crowdsourcing inhabits find this all very plausible. But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where …


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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… enemy ships, hiding from commercial traffic, trying to avoid accidentally surfacing off North Korea. After completing missions, players “debrief” their tactics to DARPA. The best crowd strategies will eventually be incorporated into ACTUV’s software.

You might ask why random gamers are testing this simulation instead of say, trained submarine crews. I guess part of the answer is that trained submarine crews are busy crewing submarines. Using the crowd also allows DARPA to collect …