links for 2007-05-04
An interesting example of the internet’s geography of passion. A hybrid physical/virtual community where people track down likeminded individuals across the world, creating greater common understanding through cultural exchange in the process.
This kind of social monitoring system for important information like disease and disasters is most useful in combination with more rigorous information analysis, like Larry Brilliant’s INSTEDD project.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is an example of farming out a large number of micro “Human Intelligence Tasks” to a network of knowledge workers for money. DoMyStuff brings this into the physical world with a marketplace for daily chores.
Online systems improving the efficiency of physical distribution are essential for a low carbon economy - for instance creating local networks which make and distribute everything from power to food as close as possible to the end user.
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