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New frontiers for crowdsourcing: The extended mind

Whitaker, Roger Marcus ORCID:, Chorley, Martin ORCID: and Allen, Stuart Michael ORCID: 2015. New frontiers for crowdsourcing: The extended mind. Presented at: 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Koloa, Hawaii, USA, 5-8 January 2015.

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We introduce the concept of extended mind crowdsourcing (EMC) which capitalises on the way in which humans naturally extend their cognition into the environment, using external objects such as smartphones and applications to augment their mental capacity. This phenomenon means that human computation is embedded in data and devices, representing a new way through which human cognition can be accessed for collective discoveries. We relate EMC to existing sociological and psychological concepts and argue that it lies at the intersection of human computation, social computing and crowdsourcing. EMC is a way in which new problems and discoveries can be tackled, for example as necessitated by “wicked” problems, ethnography and culture. We relate EMC to diverse disciplines and point to ways in which the concept may develop in future. We exemplify EMC by presenting a case study where participation in location-based social networks is used to discover the correlation between mobility and human personality traits. This has involved participation from 43 countries and resulted in analysis of over half a million check-ins at street-level locations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Funders: EC, EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 10:26

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