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The curation of collective intelligence

There’s a classic story about a statistician who, while at a county fair, happens upon a competition to guess the butchered weight of an ox. He compared individual guesses with the median guess of the crowd and found that while individual estimates varied widely, the group as a whole came within 1% from the ox’s […]

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Do the Uber and Lyft IPOs signal the coming of age of the gig economy?

Upwork went first. The talent network that matches freelancers with companies made its initial public offering (IPO) in October 2018. Upwork’s IPO was the first “gig economy” business to go public. Next came Lyft in March. The Lyft IPO gained a lot of momentum, despite the fact the company has yet to yield a profit. […]

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Can crowds help the U.S. Military stay agile?

U.S. Special Operations Forces are known for their agility. However with expanding activity in the digitally-connected world, remaining agile means being open to new approaches — like working with crowds.

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The costs of inequality: for women, progress until they get near power

This article originally appeared in The Harvard Gazette. It is the best of times. Nearly equal numbers of American women and men now go into medicine and law. More women than men graduate from college and graduate school. The gap between men’s and women’s pay has shrunk in recent decades. It is the worst of […]

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The subtle stressors making women want to leave engineering

Female retention in engineering continues to be a problem. Even after overcoming hurdles to enter the profession, women leave at much higher rates than men.

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“Lost in Space:” can the crowd help NASA find items on the International Space Station?

It may seem hard to believe, but even astronauts lose track of things! In the closed environment of the International Space Station (ISS) there are only so many places equipment and personal items can be stored. So NASA reached out to LISH to run a crowdsource contest to improve on the existing state of the art inventory tracking system.

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Learning from Amazon’s inventory availability information

On February 14th, 2018 the Digital Seminar series hosted Ruomeng Cui from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She gave a talk called “Learning from Inventory Availability Information: Evidence from Field Experiments on Amazon.”

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The future of work: tots vs. bots

On May 9th, 2018 the Digital Seminar series and the TOM Seminar jointly hosted Hal Varian from the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley and Chief Economist at Google.

What’s the future and why it’s up to us

Tim O’Reilly considers the implications for society of an increasingly complex digital ecosystem and highlights the potential of digital transformation to create a better world. O’Reilly envisions a future of work in which humans will increasingly collaborate with machines, software, and algorithms to get things done.


The impact of collaborative filtering recommender algorithms

On February 28th, 2018 the Digital Seminar series hosted Kartik Hosanagar from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

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