Infotopia

Infotopia : How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

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The rise of the "information society" offers not only considerable peril but also great promise Beset from all sides by a never-ending barrage of media, how can we ensure that the most accurate information emerges and is heeded? Cass R. Sunstein here develops a deeply optimistic understanding of the human potential to pool information, combat groupthink, and to use that knowledge to improve our lives. New ways, many Internet-based, to share and aggregate
information-including wikis, open-source software, and prediction markets-are helping companies, schools, governments, and individuals not only to acquire, but also to create, ever-growing bodies of accurate knowledge without succumbing to the dangers of a hive-mind mentality. In a world where opinion and
anecdote increasingly compete on equal footing with hard evidence, the on-line effort of many minds coming together could provide the best path to infotopia.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149 x 216 x 23mm | 447g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1 halftone, 1 line illus.
  • 0195189280
  • 9780195189285
  • 1,756,402

Table of contents

Introduction: Dreams and Nightmares
1: The (Occasional) Power of Numbers
2: The Surprising Failures of Deliberating Groups
3: Four Big Problems
4: Money, Prices, and Prediction Markets
5: Many Working Minds: Wikis, Open Source Software, and Blogs
6: Implications and Reforms
Conclusion--Realizing Promises
Appendix: Prediction Markets
Notes
Index
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Review quote

...an intriguing new book... * Financial Times * In this delightful book, Cass R. Sunstein offers a cogent, compact and gently witty discussion of information sharing. * getAbstract *
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About Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, a contributing editor at the New Republic and the American Prospect, and a frequent contributor as well to such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the recipient of the Henderson Prize and the Goldsmith Book Prize; his many books include Radicals in Robes, Republic.com, Why Societies Need Dissent, and Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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