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As work on artificial intelligence plods along, an advanced form of crowdsourcing is emerging as an accelerated way to surpass human thinking.
Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports: Specially organized groups of people could "get to superhuman intelligence first," said Daniel Weld, a computer science professor at the University of Washington.
Collective intelligence — the knowledge of an organized group that goes beyond that of any individual member — is already present inside every organization, community, company, and government.
More advanced technology can help reduce the friction that holds back better group decision-making, said Stefaan Verhulst, co-founder of New York University’s Governance Lab.
In a recent experiment with the Stanford University School of Medicine, eight expert radiologists assessed whether 50 chest x-rays show signs of pneumonia.
"This is an example of how new technology allows democracy to work better," said Thomas Malone, director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence — meaning any democratic decision-making.
We need to figure out the principles by which we build these things. Through the process of doing this over and over again, we'll come up with those principles.— Daniel Weld, professor of computer science at the University of Washington
The big picture: Collective intelligence displays a number of human traits lacking in today’s artificial intelligence.
Go deeper: How AI will make us think harder (Axios)
Before the deluge. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty
Autonomous driving enthusiasts have captured minds with a splendrous picture of our future — of carefree, kicked-back drives, liberation from the stress of the road, and newly green, walkable cities, shorn of now-unrequired parking garages.
But the reality may be less utopian — much more crowded, less green, and further in the future. Axios' Alison Snyder and Kaveh Waddell write:
When the cars do arrive, they will not mean clear sailing to work, either, as many people think, nor a greener city when they get there.
Look at San Francisco, for instance, writes UC Berkeley's Gordon Bauer in Axios Expert Voices. As Bay Area housing prices have skyrocketed, more people have moved to peripheral cities and seen their commutes lengthen: Between 2005 and 2016, those commuting more than 90 minutes a day increased 113%.
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From Jon Chu's short film. Screengrab: Wired on Twitter.
When Wired decided to test Apple's new top-of-the-line iPhone, it recruited Jon Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, to shoot a short film with it. Spoiler: It came out pretty well.
Axios' Erica Pandey writes: Compare that to the story of Kevin Smith, who made the 1994 cult classic Clerks. Smith signed up for a cooking class just to get a student discount on Kodak movie film, tweeted Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz.