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Thursday, October 11 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Classifying Knowledge to Democratise Innovation

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Is Open Access/Open Knowledge levelling the playing field in terms of innovation and discovery? Or is Open Access developing the competitive advantage of Artificial Intelligence-powered invention machines?
Durham Zoo is a project to engage the community to build a search-and-innovation engine for science and technology. The crowdsourced human classification of concepts, an expression of Collective Intelligence, would be supplemented with AI.
The classification information would not be Open Access; however individuals could access the resource to search the ‘prior art’ or look for a novel solution to their problem.
Targeted advertising could generate revenue to pay for the development of the system and be fed back to the community via research into climate-change mitigation technologies, the search for new antibiotics, or whatever the community so desires.

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Richard Absalom

Durham Zoo
Richard Absalom leads Durham Zoo, a project to design and build a citizen search-and-innovation engine for social good. A Chartered Engineer (UK), Richard worked previously as a patent examiner in computing and nanotechnology at the European Patent Office. Richard is an independent... Read More →