Basser Seminar Series

Crowdsourcing and the expanding modes of computation

Speaker: Professor David Grier
George Washington University in Washington, DC

Time: Monday 12 March 2012, 3:00pm
Refreshments from 2:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, Engineering Conference Room, Room 215, Level 2, Link Building Link Building,
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Abstract

Over the past decades, social computing has emerged as organizations have found ways of using computing and communication technology to engage large numbers of people in the work of information processing, an activity that is now known as crowdsourcing. Though often touted as a new form of work, crowdsourcing has long roots that stretch deep into history. These roots help us understand that crowdsourcing helps us place computing in a framework that is substantial more complicated and subtle than the mechanistic structure that has held computation since the time of Turing and von Neumann. This frame incorporates the human judgment and suggests that all computation is ultimately based in a market.

Speaker's biography

David Alan Grier is the incoming president of the IEEE Computer Society and is an established columnist for Computer magazine. He has written three books "When Computers Were Human," "Too Soon to Tell" and "The Company We Keep." He has a doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle and is an associate professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC