From Fast Company: Jeff Bezos asked the World How to Donate His Money – This Artificial Hive Mind Has the Answer

After tweeting a request for ideas about how he should direct his future philanthropy, a company that specializes in harnessing the wisdom of crowds used their tech to find consensus on how the world thinks the Amazon founder should donate his billions.

With a net worth of $86 billion, Jeff Bezos certainly has enough money to change the world. What he’s lacked, apparently, was some direction for how to spend it. In mid-June, the Amazon founder tweeted a “request for ideas” worth philanthropically investing in that would help society, both short-term–“here and now”–and in the long run, as he put it: “at the “intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”

That question generated more than 46,000 responses on Twitter, leaving Bezos with another issue. How to sort and weigh all that feedback? Louis Rosenberg, the founder of Silicon Valley-based Unanimous AI had an answer, and decided to show it off using Bezos’s responses. Rosenberg and his company specialize in a form of advanced decision making called swarm intelligence, basically a computer-enhanced way to get humans to communicate like honeybees do in nature, by tapping into the experiences of large groups of individuals to make the most complete community decision possible.

Read more at Fast Company: Jeff Bezos Asked the World How to Donate His Money – This Artificial Hive Mind Has the Answer


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