The (Lack Of) Wisdom of Crowds

Richard Nantel, Brandon hall Research, Nov 13, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Once again (*sigh*) the point of the Wisdom of Crowds and related writing (including my own) is not "the benefit of collaboration over individual effort." It's not about 'collaboration' (in its many forms at all). Nor is it that "the results of a group effort will usually produce superior results to the efforts of skilled individuals." There is a distinction between groups and networks that must be heeded if you want to understand things like 'the wisdom of crowds' at all. Failing to heed this distinctions is like looking at battleships and complaining that they don't fly.
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