Author Archives: Ville Miettinen

About Ville Miettinen

Wili is a serial entrepreneur and technologist. He’s been programming since the early 80′s, and has his made career in high-tech in the field of 3D computer graphics. Wili is a world traveller and a semi-professional photographer. Wili is the CEO of Microtask.

Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

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“Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia. This claim is so bold [...]

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

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In Europe and the US right now, almost no issue commands more air time than persistently high unemployment rates (other than what Kate Middleton is wearing, of course). But beyond the depressing jobless figures, new trends may be changing labor markets, and the economy as a whole. Crowdsourcing was one of 2011’s buzzwords, but its [...]

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

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As a long-time Apple Fanboy, I’ve done my fair share of preaching from the book of Jobs. But since He passed away/ascended into heaven, many people have been wondering if Apple can continue to delight the world with groundbreaking products. The iPhone 5 was a crucial test for the new leaders of the world’s most [...]

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

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What is wisdom? It seems like a simple question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that it’s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella. The wisdom of crowds effect has [...]

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

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As the original mad scientist, Nikola Tesla has been a source of inspiration to geeks of all types for over a century. The Serbian-American electro-wizard transformed the world with his development of alternating current (and inspired direct current supporter Thomas Edison to electrocute an elephant), before vanishing into madness and obscurity. If you’re interested in [...]

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