Welcome back to Make Me Care, where Grist writers and editors talk about stuff they care about that they think you should care about, too. This time around, Amelia Urry hosts Grist fellow Samantha Larson to talk about the big wide world of collective intelligence a.k.a. crowdsourcing a.k.a. citizen science.
You know what they say: With a smartphone in every pocket and a laptop on every desk, the world is your research lab and supercomputer. (Well, we said it.) Climate scientists are using the new tools of collective brainpower to sort signal from noise, wresting meaning from the mob by collecting huge amounts of data and then processing it with a huge amount of volunteer RAM. Some groups are even using crowds to focus on finding climate solutions. Watch to hear more!