Wikipedia wants academics to write content, and students to fact-check articles for academic credit. Wikimedia's ambitious university project also has another goal: To crack previously resistant foreign-language markets.
Academic research has traditionally only been shared in campus talks, at conferences largely attended by professors and graduate students, and through publications available primarily only to professors and academic libraries. That's changing.
Computer scientists and an English literature professor teamed up to map social networks in 19th-century British novels. In the process, they upended a tenet in literary theory. Welcome to Jane Austen's Facebook.
Dulce et decorum est pro Google to add Latin to its inter-lingual translation tool. Is it a schoolkids delight, to get assistance with tricky homework? For sure. But it's also a hugely useful tool for academics and educators in science, philosophy and mathematics.
How would you tackle the problem of helping a billion people in ten years? That was the question posed to Singularity University's first graduating class, who formed four teams to tackle it. Their visions have just been unveiled, and are pretty interesting.