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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… own experts are questioning whether this is a good idea. Mark Lowenthal, a former senior CIA and State Department analyst, provides a snappy argument to me and my fellow crowd-evangelists: “Crowds produce riots. Experts produce wisdom.”

The CIA’s project uses a modified version of the wisdom of crowds effect called Aggregative Contingent Estimation. While this may sound like a classic CIA euphemism the process is actually a carefully designed way to create a crowd of experts …

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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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Fortunately for Newt, a plan has been developed by a couple of scientists over at Arizona State University. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner put forward a paper last year suggesting the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life (SETI) program should be supplemented by scanning the surface of the moon for signs of visitors from another planet. The idea is that any traces left by aliens making a pit stop on the lunar surface would be preserved by the moon’s minimal atmosphere.

The pair …

Tags: Arizona State University crowd crowdsourcing microwork Mitt Romney Newt Newt Gingrich Paul Davies Robert Wagner Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man White House

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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… any of your paintings. All done? Good, then I can begin.

The story begins in 2010, when Iranian state computers were brought to a standstill by a highly infectious virus named Trojan-Spy.0485/Malware-Cryptor.Win32.Inject.gen.2 (or Stuxnet if you’re human). Experts 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 …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

… for Earth Ship captains were also by the crowd.

In effect we had the world’s biggest marketing department working for us, for free. And of course there was a lot of money raised, without which the film could never have been produced.

What did you learn from crowdsourcing your first film StarWreck that you were able to apply to the production of Iron Sky?

We found overall that tasks which take between 2-3 hours bring the best results. One of the most important things we learnt was …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the last few months, I have been spending more and more time in the US, doing my best to soak up the famous American culture (while rushing between meetings).

Of course, regardless of what country you live in, one event which you cannot escape is the Super Bowl: that special time of year, when the world comes together to ignore America’s favorite sport. This year we …

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