From Utopia to Dystopia

When I was a kid, I often spent long hours in front of the CRT monitor of my dad’s PC with the slow modem Internet connection. All the time I was asked the same question: “What were you doing online?”, and my response was always the same: “I was either finding answers to a question, or helping others answering theirs.”

Back then, the Internet was a portal to find answers of anything, and every now and then, I got the answers for someone else as well. It was the sense of Utopia of collective intelligence that appealed to me.

Now…


This is the second article of the three-part series about collective intelligence. We will dive deep into the theories and practices of collective intelligence from various perspectives and understand how it impacts our lives and society. Finally, we will present our approach on the subject that better utilize the inter-connectivity of our modern world.

The Crowd, Connected

Regardless of the emphasis on what collective intelligence is, one could still easily recognize the contributions of the Internet to its development in the 21st century.

By connecting the crowd together, the Internet enhances our existing way of collaboration and cooperation, thus creating new phenomena across…


A three-part series about collective intelligence, and how it impacts our lives and society. We will dive deep into the theories and practices of collective intelligence from various perspectives, and in the end presents our approach on the subject that better utilize the inter-connectivity of our modern world.

Introduction

Some say that the main stakes of humanity is not hunger, poverty, peace, healthcare, or any host of other issues but our capability to build new social
organizations that are able to provide solutions.

Our main stake is collective intelligence.

In today’s highly connected world, where the rate of new content produced
significantly…


Knowledge is power, but the question is: whose power is it?

Would you trust your money with governments … or for-profit corporations?

With Facebook launching Libra, their cryptocurrency project today, the term “blockchain” is all of a sudden catching extra attentions from general public.

Some people view it as big step toward wider adoption of blockchain, yet unlike other open platforms, Libra is a cryptocurrency created by a social network company with advertising as its core business model. We can only expect Facebook would do everything to “educate” their users about how great Libra is. After all, that’s what they do best.

Is this how we want to educate general public…

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