Blog peer review mob doing smart stuff
March 14th, 2008

The Wired Campus has been following an experiment by an assistant professor of communication, Noah Wardrip-Fruin: posting sections each day of a book he is writing to a popular blog to which he contributes. Yesterday’s update includes this description of smartmobby stuff that has happened:

How is it going? Mr. Wardrip-Fruin says that one pleasant surprise has been that some of the designers of the video games he mentions have commented on his book. “From a game-industry AI designer now at MIT (Jeff Orkin) to a UCLA AI researcher now in aerospace (Scott Turner), the original authors of the systems I critiqued came forward to share their thoughts and (sometimes) set the record straight,” he said in an e-mail interview. “It’s definitely going to improve the final book.”

“Also, doing the review in a format that allows discussion turned out to be very valuable,” he said. “Comments I might have brushed aside, not fully understanding their import, instead became the starting points for exchanges that revealed significant issues I must address in my revisions.”

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