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Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
Clay Shirky's talk about his book: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
In this video he mentions crisis mapping which I had only heard of, but sounds really revolutionary, more about that here. I don't know if this process, which started in 2007 in Kenya, has spread to Syria, Egypt, Libya, and all the other countries that could really benefit, but I hope it has. I also was really taken by Shirky's mention of lolcats, by saying that there were pornographic novels printed before scientific journals. We are just scratching the surface of the internet's potential, it makes sense that we see a rise in a lowest common denominator, like porn or lolcats, so it is really exciting to see tools like crisis mapping begin to emerge...
more books you should read if you are interested in the future of technology here