from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Really big, world-changing ideas are not that easy to come by… but they’re even harder to implement. Still, it seems like a good first step is to devise ways to collect good ideas and then try to give funding/resources to help develop them into reality. Crowdsourcing this process is a somewhat recent trend (or fad) that gathers wisdom from a community, and there are more than a few projects that have adopted this method for collecting inspiring ideas. Here are just a couple more challenges that you might contribute to.
- The Buckminster Fuller Institute has an annual challenge that will award $100,000 to support strategies that will “make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” The deadline for submission is April 11th, and the prize will be awarded in November. [url]
- Contests/challenges seem to be an effective way to kickstart innovation and maximize resources for investment. A study of thousands of software contests concludes that the scope and uncertainty of a problem should be explicitly addressed when designing a challenge in order to optimize the incentives and performance of any innovation tournament. [url]
- The AI XPRIZE is looking for some kind of artificial intelligence that can get a standing ovation for delivering a TED talk. The rules are not set in stone yet, but it looks like the winner will be the best lying bot ever created — or else it might present an irrefutable criticism of humanity itself. [url]
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