AAAI Publications, 2012 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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The Role of AI in Wisdom of the Crowds for the Social Construction of Knowledge on Sustainability
Mary Lou Maher

Last modified: 2012-03-23


One of the original applications of crowdsourcing the construction of knowledge is Wikipedia, which relies entirely on people to contribute, extend, and modify the representation of knowledge. This paper presents a case for combining AI and wisdom of the crowds for the social construction of knowledge. Our social-computational approach to collective intelligence combines the strengths of human cognitive diversity in producing content and the capabilities of an AI, through methods such as topic modeling, to link and synthesize across these human contributions. In addition to drawing from established domains such as Wikipedia for inspiration and guidance, we present the design of a system that incorporates AI into wisdom of the crowds to develop a knowledge base on sustainability. In this setting the AI plays the role of scholar, as might many of the other participants, drawing connections and synthesizing across contributions. We close with a general discussion, speculating on educational implications and other roles that an AI can play within an otherwise collective human intelligence.


AI, machine learning, sustainability, crowdsourcing

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