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Making crowdsourcing easier - MIT News Office
"Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are developing a new database system, called Qurk, that will automatically crowdsource tasks that are difficult or impossible to perform computationally."
crowdsourcing  computer-science  library  database  system  automation 
august 2012 by tsuomela
The Cult of Positivity: If You Dream It, You Can’t Necessarily Become It | The University Times
"To ask questions about how to live life, to question whether you should be doing what you are doing, is indeed admirable. But to conclude that a positive attitude can solve all problems is naive and denies the possibility to enact change, when necessary, on your circumstances."
self-help  psychology  popular  positive-thinking  positive  individual  system  scale 
april 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Ordinary and theoretical knowledge of capitalism
"Is the participant-level even the right perspective from which to try to identify an explanation? I don't think so. Were conditions in this factory harsh because this owner was hostile or cruel towards these particular workers? No, rather because the competitive environment of profitability and accumulation created an inexorable race to the bottom. So we can't explain this factory's working conditions by referring to specific features of this factory and its owner. This logic is spelled out very clearly in Capital, and it is a system-level characteristic."
sociology  explanation  level  system  scale  foundation  phenomenology  participation  capitalism  social-theory  theory 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Underpaid Genius · Three Scenarios: Umair's Way, Stowe's Way, and The Fall Of The West
"I hate to say it, but I am afraid I put the greatest stake in the last scenario, the Fall Of The West. The greed and stupidity of our ruling class — theoretically run by elected officials with our consent, but in fact run by powerful interest blocs with little or no regard for our needs — is the abiding fact of the current economic crisis, which has been going on for decades. We cannot expect them to take actions that are harmful to their own interests, even if it means running the whole world off the cliff."
future  economics  system  failure  pessimism  collapse 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Corporations Are Now After Our Very Beings
Cognitive capitalism -- just when we thought there were no new ways to get screwed
rant  capitalism  politics  system  consumerism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Big and Small « The Baseline Scenario
What would such a world look like? There would be a lot of small- and medium-sized banks that collected deposits and lent money to households and businesses. There would be brokerage and asset management firms that you used to invest your savings....
James Kwak argues for smaller banks.
banking  crisis  regulation  size  scale  system 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Fortune: Pimco Too Big to Fail? : CJR
link to and commentary about Pimco and it's role directing parts of the government bailout program.
business  crisis  economics  system  risk  too-big-to-fail 
february 2009 by tsuomela
the physics arXiv blog » Blog Archive » The world’s top 10 most powerful companies
"These are the companies that control the global stockmarket. That’s a frightening though. What it suggests is that the stability of the complex networks that make up our economy is hugely dependent on the ongoing survival of just a handful of companies."
economics  complexity  system  finance 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Why the world's economic leaders blame the catastrophe on the system instead of themselves. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
But at least with regard to finance and business, the consensus seems to be clear: Success is the work of Great Men and Great Women, while failure can be pinned on the system.
finance  system  success  failure  fallacy  attribution  psychology 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Resilience and the Next Disaster
Here are my key elements of a diverse system -- Diversity, Redundancy, Decentralization, Collaboration, Transparency, Openness, Fail Gracefully, Flexibility, Foresight
futurism  future  resiliance  diversity  system  complexity  policy  psychology  disaster 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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