Michael Nielsen thinks the Internet can revolutionize science and make us collectively smarter, but only if public policy takes the right steps:
The point about networked science is that what is required for it to come to fruition is actually a whole set of cultural changes within science. And that has got nothing to do with the technology directly. It’s about what our expectations are, about how scientists behave, about what they are rewarded for, and about what they see as doing their jobs. Year to year, it looks like it is only changing very slightly. But I think that over just a few decades, in fact, it will be completely transformed.
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