When I was in school, lots of people borrowed my notes. It wasn’t that my handwriting was great… I enjoyed going to classes–for the most part–and was able to condense a lot of knowledge and categorize the lecture.
I also had an ability to understand the professor or teacher’s vocal cues to recognize what information might be included on a test. And I would note that with a star or underline that statement.
My friends usually hated taking notes.
Now, Study Blue, an online company, is rewarding students that can take notes. Students get paid to take notes and share these notes with other members of Study Blue.
Study Blue is a great idea for students, but it also may represent a step in the direction of collaborative intelligence and collective intelligence, which we call “CI” at Online Investing AI.
Collective intelligence, CI, crowdsourcing, or whatever else you want to call it, is a way to tap the massive potential among groups of people, especially people directed toward one goal. And, before I start sounding like some type of Maoist collectivist, the idea uses some of Adam Smith’s primary directives, like the division of labor.
By breaking tasks into specific, small duties, crowdsourcing starts to resemble an army of ants that can dissect a picnic in no time at all.
Study Blue might just be a brief glimpse into the synergistic power of collective intelligence and technology in the future.