Knowledge Accelerator (KA)
The Knowledge Accelerator (KA) uses crowdworkers to synthesize different information sources on the web in response to a query. We prototyped this system in order to explore crowdsourcing complex, high context tasks in a microtask enviornment. Our system performed quite well, checkout the answers it produced!
Crowdsourcing offers a powerful new paradigm for online work. However, real world tasks are often interdependent, requiring a big picture view of the difference pieces involved. Existing crowdsourcing approaches that support such tasks — ranging from Wikipedia to flash teams — are bottlenecked by relying on a small number of individuals to maintain the big picture. In this paper, we explore the idea that a computational system can scaffold an emerging interdependent, big picture view entirely through the small contributions of individuals, each of whom sees only a part of the whole. To investigate the viability, strengths, and weaknesses of this approach we instantiate the idea in a prototype system for accomplishing distributed information synthesis and evaluate its output across a variety of topics. We also contribute a set of design patterns that may be informative for other systems aimed at supporting big picture thinking in small pieces.
Below is a list of the KA responses to the questions listed in the paper:
- How do I unclog my bathtub drain?
- How do I get my tomato plants to produce more tomatoes?
- What are the best attractions in LA if I have two little kids?
- What are the best day trips possible from Barcelona, Spain?
- My Worcester CDi Boiler pressure is low. How can I fix it?
- 2003 Dodge Durango has an OBD-II error code of P440. How do I fix it?
- 2005 Chevy Silverado has an OBD-II error code of C0327. How do I fix it?
- How do I deal with the arthritis in my knee as a 28 year old?
- My Playstation 3 has a solid yellow light, how do I fix it?
- What are the key arguments for and against Global Warming?
- How do I use the VIM text editor?