Crowd-augmented cognition

illustration showing a bubble filled with faces of people Crowdsourcing has brought us Wikipedia and ways to understand how HIV proteins fold. It also provides an increasingly effective means for teams to write software, perform research or accomplish small repetitive digital tasks.
However, most tasks have proven resistant to distributed labor, at least without a central organizer. As in the case of Wikipedia, their success often relies on the efforts of a small cadre of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138580&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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