The Rise of Us
The Dynamics of Smartmobs
university at buffalo
Wisdom of Crowds?
“Under the right
groups are remarkably
intelligent, and are
often smarter than the
smartest people in
them” - Surowiecki
Wisdom of Crowds?
Conditions for wisdom:
1.Diversity of Opinion
The Social Contract
Individual mistakes in
either direction would
cancel each other out
Accurate “general will”
A CI pioneer, George Pór, defined the collective intelligence
phenomenon as “the capacity of a human community to evolve
toward higher order complexity thought, problem-solving and
integration through collaboration and innovation.”
Types of Digg Users
1. Readers: Alex guesstimates that quot;ten to twenty percent of
those ever click ‘digg’quot;.
2. Diggers: 10-20% says Alex. He also says these are the least
important members of the system
3. Hardcore Diggers: quot;people who sit in the queue of
submitted stories and watch for breaking news that should
make its way up to the front page, or report stories as being
spam or irrelevant.quot;
4. Submitters: people who submit stories. It’s highly
competitive and difficult to be the first to post a successful
story (one that makes the front page).
5. Publishers: quot;often bloggers who want to get readership for
- Alex Bosworth, Dec 2005
Perhaps the most anticipated factor that motivates people to give.
The willingness to help others can all work to increase one's prestige
in a community.
Sense of Efficacy
The feeling an individual has that makes them feel that they have
some effect on the environment around them.
One may produce and contribute a public good for the simple reason
that a person or the groups as a whole has a need for it.
The commitment one has to the group, one’s utility.
Private behavior makes cost of sharing near zero.
AGAINST Wisdom of Crowds
The central thesis of this book is
that the amateurism introduced
by blogs (Blogger, Wordpress
and Movable Type), videos
(YouTube) and wikis (Wikipedia)
has eroded our culture towards a
dangerous world where the
distinction between expert and
amateur is being obscured and
only the loudest and the extreme
dominate in the digital world.