Sunday, May 08, 2005

Average answers and open source

    "But ask a hundred people to answer a question or solve a problem, and the average answer will often be at least as good as the answer of the smartest member. With most things, the average is mediocrity. With decision making, its often excellence."
    -- James Surowiecki.

Hmmm. My mind immediately turns to Open Source and Linus's observation that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

I'm not buying it without lots and lots of qualifications about the nature of the question/problem. Its early days, I'm only on page 23 of The Wisdom of Crowds. I'm looking forward to the rest.

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