From a UVA MS MIT classmate: The crowd is smarter

This is the article I mentioned in class. From the introduction of the article: 

There’s nothing stupider than a crowd. Take an average, intelligent person and put him in an emergency and he’ll likely remain calm and await instructions. Put him in a crowd and he’ll start screaming, looting and overturning cars. Right? 

 

Well … not really. That’s why we have crowdsourcing.

 

“Crowdsourcing” is one of those business buzzwords that actually represents something very simple: letting crowds of strangers do your work for you. But it’s not just about convincing a bunch of bored people to do grunt work for free — when you see what the masses of untrained non-experts are capable of when they put their heads together, it’s almost magical.

 

http://www.crowdsourcing.org/document/5-mind-blowing-things-crowds-do-better-than-experts/6753

 

B^2

 

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