Computers and Our Crowd

I have collaboratively discovered the Collaborative Discovery Engine (thanks for the forward, Nate) – a new idea management system released last month by Hybrid Wisdom Labs. Although still in beta, the testing community has been pleased with the results.

Basically, CDE is a social idea management system that presents ideas in blooms of color instead of in lists.  It was an idea that emerged out of the study of robotics which yielded the technology necessary to manage the little colored blooms of idea (similar to word clouds). Right now there are close to 400 participants, but hopefully there will be more as time goes on.  It’s good to see that there are various ways to organize and approach this shared information.

Computer scientist Panagiotis Ipeirotis says that the future of crowdsourcing and idea management lies in a beautiful fusion between computers and the crowd. Basically, as a programmer, he tries to find ways to allow the programs that he works with to pair collaboratively with the crowd working to solve problems that neither one of them can solve on their own.

And now matter who is sifting through all the information, now, more than ever, the deft management of ideas is of the utmost importance. The issues facing individuals, companies (both for-profit and not-for-profit), and the public on the whole have become more complex and now need to represent a number of vocal and crucial minorities. I feel like Occupy Wall Street is one of those movements that suffers from the burden of a number of ideas without the ability to always organize them in a way that makes sense to the public. Basically my thought is this: if our ability to organize our thoughts evolves along with the issues, we may be able to make more progress no matter what problem we’re facing.

What other problems can proper idea management help us solve? What ideas would you present to CDE?

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