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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

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… badly edited and unbelievably biased towards Serv.io (try scrolling down to the part about CEO Alex Edelstein’s “Project Runway” good-looks).

Adam Penenberg is a great writer and he does a brilliant job of ripping the microworkers’ article to shreds. But what exactly is his point? He obviously wanted the Serv.io workers to fail. The whole exercise looks suspiciously like a setup. Few “real” journalists would be comfortable criticizing their bosses (how many News Corps …

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Language Lessons: translating the global conversation

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Over the years, computers have come a long way from being humble adding machines. These days hardware is lightweight and good looking, while some software is so sophisticated it practically comes with Michelin stars. Despite all this progress, one area where machines have traditionally struggled is language translation (remember the bad old days of Alta Vista’s Babel …

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Microtask Selected to Rule the Globe

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… Herring picked Microtask as a finalist in their 2011 Top 100 Global award. I got the call from Alex Vieux himself a couple of days ago. We edged out close to 1000 companies from 40 different countries who submitted nominations, and we were invited to present our winning crowdsourcing strategy at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles next month.

The official word from Red Herring is this:

“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

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… Green spaces? Low-rise housing? Hippies meditating on roof gardens? Not according to futurologist Alex Steffen. True eco-cities, Steffen argues, are hyper-dense and hyper-connected. Denser urban environments mean fewer cars and therefore less pollution. Increased connectivity also allows people to share and access city services. Steffen highlights apps like Mapnificent – which crowdsources public transport routes – as examples. He argues that technology-enabled “crowd sharing” …

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