MIT and Thomas Malone: Climate Collaboratorium Project

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MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence has launched a platform for user created plans on how to save the world, basically. Thomas Malone refers to the Climate Collaboratorium Project as “Electronic democracy on steroids”. The web-based system allows for users to suggest plans and thousands of other people from diverse background debate the feasibility of the plans as well as lend suggestions and vote on ideas. The most promising plans get filtered to the top of the list. So far over than 2,000 users have visited the site, with 350 registered users, who have contributed 22 finalized plans with another 35 in progress.

Malone, the Director of the Centre says that the overall goal of the project is somewhat aligned with what happened with Wikipedia– where thousands across the globe create a huge, high-quality intellectual project with almost no centralised control. He asks, “How can people and computers be connected so that collectively they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before?”

Hopefully, we’ll soon find out.

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