Thursday, October 1, 2009

Crowdsourcing in the House

How can you tell when crowdsourcing has hit the mainstream? When it’s featured on one of TV’s hottest shows. “House, M.D.” is about a doctor whose specialty is diagnosing unusual diseases. Each week’s episode features a patient presenting with unexplainable symptoms who requires tests and treatments until the diagnostic team finds the real disease. This week’s episode followed this pattern, but with one exception. Cue up crowdsourcing...When the patient doesn’t think he’s being treated quickly enough, he turns to crowdsourcing for his cure, offering $25,000 for anyone online who can correctly diagnose him.
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