The Other Side of Crowdsourcing

New York Magazine wrote a great feature on Waze and how it’s an example of our growing dependence on technology. The journalist tells a story of how he once ignored his own logic and made a detour from an open freeway following Waze’s instructions, only to be back on the highway again. He also talks about how certain neighborhoods in Los Angeles are being influenced by Waze’s discovery of its roads.

Waze

Waze

Why It’s Hot: Waze is a very popular and successful version of crowdsourcing apps, which the author believes can waver between chaos and control. It’s interesting to think about the influence of one app to neighborhoods of millions, public servants, and more, which likely didn’t register in its nascence. It makes you think of how it will affect the legal system in the future as well.

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