New TV show crowdsources crime-solving
Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Piven develops a futuristic crime-solving platform that has its roots in reality.
Could the crime-solving tool of the future be in your hands at this very moment? That's the intriguing premise behind "Wisdom of the Crowd," a new crime drama from CBS about a Silicon Valley executive (Jeremy Piven) who leverages the online world to help solve criminal cases.
Based on an Israeli TV concept, "Wisdom" is the latest drama from Keshet, a Tel Aviv-based production company that's responsible for such U.S. television hits as "Homeland," "Your Family or Mine" and "Deal With It." In addition to its stellar cast, the show also features an impressive team of executive producers; including celebrated Israeli crime novelist Dror Mishani.
As shown in the first trailer, Piven's character is driven to create a new kind of social media network after his daughter's mysterious death. "More evidence would emerge if a platform existed for it to come forward," he says in the clip. "I have created that platform."
As Piven goes on to explain, the new digital system he's created is capable of "real-time, crowdsourced crime-solving;" a hub where people can submit and dissect evidence. "The courts, they can only do so much," he adds. "The rest is up to us."
While leveraging technology to create modern-day Sherlock Holmes out of everyday citizens might seem far-fetched, the idea does have some basis in reality. These days, everything from weather to credit-card fraud detection is benefiting from crowdsourcing. In a strange twist of life inspiring art, a crowdfunding effort was even launched in 2014 to create a crime-solving site specifically aimed at empowering millions of armchair detectives. Inspired by a popular crime series podcast, "CrowdSolve" sought to achieve many of the same high-tech aspirations on display in "Wisdom of the Crowd."
"This platform will provide a place for people who can't get enough of programs like "Serial" and "Dateline," and give them powerful and collaborative tools that can transform raw case files into compelling timelines and alternate theories, and bring ignored or hidden evidence to light," the site proclaimed.
While CrowdSolve ultimately failed to raise the necessary funds to go live, it's possible CBS' fictional version will inspire a new round of virtual detectives to take up the cause.
"Wisdom of the Crowd" premieres Sunday night.
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