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Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

by Cass R. Sunstein
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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)

About the Author

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, a contributing editor at the New Republic and the American Prospect, and a frequent contributor as well to such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the recipient of the Henderson Prize and the Goldsmith Book Prize; his many books include Radicals in Robes,, Why Societies Need Dissent, and Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dreams and Nightmares
1. The (Occasional) Power of Numbers
2. The Surprising Failures of Deliberating Groups
3. Four Big Problems
4. Money, Prices, and Prediction Markets
5. Many Working Minds: Wikis, Open Source Software, and Blogs
6. Implications and Reforms
Conclusion—Realizing Promises
Appendix: Prediction Markets

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Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TomSlee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Smart, well thought out, and balanced book. The best book I've read about the implications of Wikipedia, blogs etc. It reads like the first half of a book, and I kind of wish he'd waited until he had some more concrete conclusions. But maybe it's not a bad thing to have an open ended book on this subject. I recommend it.
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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.