The first decade of this millennium saw the birth of Wikipedia, representing the greatest innovation in knowledge dissemination in the past five hundred years. Wikipedia thrives because it harnesses the expertise that lies deep within every one of us. Fans obsessively note the minutiae of their footy teams, automobiles, or movies. History nerds document the comings and goings of every European king for the last thousand years. Maths geeks have a place to lecture and a platform for learning. Everything that we know now has a place to be shared. It’s all in there, it’s all useful and it’s all true – up to a point.
As we come to rely more upon the content of this global, shared mind – helping us make better decisions, improve our effectiveness and lead more fulfilling lives – we must ask ourselves some big questions about knowledge, authority and trust. Sharing is fantastic, but it’s also fraught with dangers, and Mark Pesce – writer, researcher, engineer, futurist and teacher – helps explore the promises and pitfalls.
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