connect: The New Crowdsourcing Trend

21.02.2012
connect
Despite the fact that it is not ever-present in our awareness, crowdsourcing influences our daily life. What is crowdsourcing? connect examines the age of Internet phenomenon.
It began with a coincidence: the British anthropologist Francis Galton visited a livestock fair in 1906. An ox was on display and the visitors were asked to guess its weight. And nearly 800 visitors did. Based on this example he wanted to prove the stupidity of the masses and made a statistic evaluation of the guesses. The result was surprising: the mean of theses guesses was accurate to a fraction of a percent. Galton named his observation “voice of the people”; today the phenomenon is also known as “collective intelligence” and one of the fundamentals of crowdsourcing. more… (in German)