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Building a global brain to solve sustainability puzzles

Building a global brain to solve sustainability puzzles

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02/03/2013

 
Building a global brain to solve sustainabilitypuzzles
By Jonathan Bardelline , March 15, 2012
To solve the world's toughestproblems, we may need a mindmeld. Make that a mind-and-computer meld.Or, as everyone else calls it,collective intelligence. The idea of pooling minds and resources holdsgreat promise for sustainability,O'Reilly Media founder and CEOTim O'Reilly said Thursday at GreenBiz's VERGE DC conference.  "We're facing some pretty big problems in the world today," he said."And the way we've been tackling them has struggled to keep up."Of course, the concept of using computing to share information amongpeople or devices is hardly new. It has already proven itself in manysuccessful examples, such as in creating pages on Wikipedia, spreadingthe Occupy Wall Street movement on Twitter or showing where parkingis available in San Francisco through the SFpark system.  But now people are taking collective intelligence further.Services like Zipcar and Relayrides were set up to use resources moreefficiently by allowing people to rent cars from a pool of vehicles orfrom other people, respectively.

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