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Fresh Thinking

“Instead of highlighting posts with high ratings, the third algorithm should highlight posts that have triggered something new.” – Esko Kilpi

New, as in new ideas, not new news or viral cat videos.

We need algorithms that predict something important and show it to the right people so it can be further discussed, like a Twitter version of quora or Reddit.

Divergent thinking isn’t supposed to be right. It intends to spark a conversation about possibilities, to challenge the status quo and poke at groupthink. At the same time, it can also reconfirm traditional thought or old ways of operating, to prove that those things are worth preserving.

Instead of acquiescing, play the game of “so what” or “what if” with the reader/listener. Question and probe new shit, if only to make them think different.

“A viable social system always needs to reward perspectives that deviate from the mainstream in order to fight group-think.”

Indeed.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.