Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Out Digital Future
An examination of the growing importance of machine learning and the displacement of human labor, the central role played by platforms  that join producers and consumers, and the crowd-sourced resources that are increasingly available beyond organizational boundaries. 
  • Chapter 2 is a good reading for the institutions section of the Data, Learning, and Society course.
  • Chapter 3 provides a good discussion of the AI camps.
  • Chapter 5 includes discussion of the use of Watson to generate new theory and hypotheses. This could be very useful for thinking about the future of research.
  • Chapter 6 includes a good discussion of changes in publishing and the music distributed through the network.
  • Chapter 7 covers platforms and highlights the iPhone and apps as an example worth considering for a possible educational application.
  • Chapter 8 includes the examples of ClassPass, Postmates, and Rent the Runway.
  • Chapter 9 considers products that stay off platforms. Soul Cycle, ClassPass
  • Chapter 10 covers Linux as crowd sourced development.
  • Chapter 11 on decentralization and innovation,
  • Chapter 12 includes a discussion of block chain as a decentralization strategy
  • Chapter 13 highlights some advantages of companies

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