[Smarter Than You Think]
In Chapter 6, “The Puzzle Hungry World” of Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson writes about the problem solving techniques that arise through collaborative technology. From video gamers finding loopholes in games, to the organization of medical supplies in Cairo, technology has provided a path for solving a unique range of problems.
Thompson notes “Still, because openness is most natural in amateur work, I suspect the leading edge of collective thinking – as with Wikipedia or Linux – will always emerge in the amateur world. If you want to see the future of collective thinking, don’t watch what Fortune 500 firms are doing. Watch what fan fiction writers are doing or what activists are doing. Or even watch how smart individuals do it – the ones who cultivate broad, diverse networks of friends or followers online” (171-172).
What instance of collective thinking or collaborative technology from the chapter fascinated you most? Why?