Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

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by Cass R. Sunstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195189280

ISBN-13: 9780195189285

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

New Ways to share and aggregate information, many Internet-based, are helping companies, schools, governments, and individuals not only to acquire, but also to create, ever-growing bodies of accurate knowledge. Through a ceaseless flurry of self-correcting exchanges, wikis, covering everything from politics and business plans to sports and science fiction subcultures,…  See more details below

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New Ways to share and aggregate information, many Internet-based, are helping companies, schools, governments, and individuals not only to acquire, but also to create, ever-growing bodies of accurate knowledge. Through a ceaseless flurry of self-correcting exchanges, wikis, covering everything from politics and business plans to sports and science fiction subcultures, amass - and refine - information. Sunstein shows how people can assimilate aggregated information without succumbing to the dangers of the herd mentality - and when and why they new aggregation techniques are so accurate.

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ISBN-13:
9780195189285
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : dreams and nightmares3
Ch. 1The (occasional) power of numbers21
Ch. 2The surprising failures of deliberating groups45
Ch. 3Four big problems75
Ch. 4Money, prices, and prediction markets103
Ch. 5Many working minds : wikis, open source software, and blogs147
Ch. 6Implications and reforms197
Conclusion : realizing promises217
AppPrediction markets227

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Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
In this delightful book, Cass R. Sunstein offers a cogent, compact and gently witty discussion of information sharing. His explanations of how different knowledge-aggregation processes work are extremely useful. They range from the theoretical (laying out the philosophical structures underpinning deliberation) to the practical (offering focused and specific suggestions for improvement). This certainly isn't the first book on how groups create knowledge - thinkers have rushed to make sense of the new possibilities that information technology presents. It is, however, one of the more quietly critical approaches, one that debunks extreme claims, points out the dangers that balance the often-trumpeted benefits and shares first-hand experiences. Sunstein is an enthusiast for certain types of collective information processing, but he is far from naïve. getAbstract recommends this book to managers interested in improving organizational decision making.