Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crowd-Sourcing For Jeremy Bentham

Remember Jeremy Bentham? As we mentioned recently, he's still sitting pretty at University College London, thanks to instructions he left in his will.

The New York Times reports that the Enlightenment philosopher is now the beneficiary of … crowd-sourcing. The Bentham Project is enlisting volunteers to transcribe some of the 40,000 unpublished Bentham manuscripts that have been scanned and put online.

How might crowd-sourcing evolve? For instance, could trust companies or other investment advisers with clients scattered around the country enlist them in amateur "expert networks"?

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