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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Music is a powerful thing. It can make you laugh or cry, and even tear down the Berlin Wall (according to David Hasselhoff, anyway). The same song can mean different things to different people, with infectious tracks like Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ managing to be both the all-time most requested song on US radio as well as an instrument of torture used at Guantanamo Bay (along with ‘I Love You,’ the theme from Barney the Dinosaur, which would …

Tags: Berlin Wall Britney Spears crowdsourcing DarwinTunes David Hasselhoff Imperial College Imperial College London ITunes microtask Natural selection

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

When people ask me “What’s your dream holiday?” I usually lie to them. I say some exotic holiday destination that makes me sound normal. I don’t say space or the moon or the bottom of the sea, because I’m nervous it might make me sound like a dreamer or full of myself. Which I am (not).

But the truth is I am a lot like Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher and James …

Tags: Berlin Wall Britney Spears crowdsourcing DarwinTunes David Hasselhoff Imperial College Imperial College London ITunes microtask Natural selection

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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… that’s a story probably best kept for parties). So for me, Crowdconvention (held June 15th in Berlin) was a fantastic and rare chance to meet other designers, size-up the competition and generally mingle with the cream of Europe’s crowdsourcing crop.

Conventional wisdom

The atmosphere at this year’s Crowdconvention – proudly co-sponsored by Microtask – was open and friendly. Companies were surprisingly willing to share information on topics ranging from worker-accuracy and …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk Berlin crowd Crowdflower crowdsourcing Harri Holopainen jeff howe microtask microwork Ville Miettinen

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Making news pay: a pressing issue

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… The obvious solution is paywalls. Papers which appeal to the business community such as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times have had paywalls for a while, but it is Rupert Murdoch that has taken them to the masses with papers such as The Times (London’s oldest daily). This seems to be a trend, with the New York Times recently announcing plans to join its UK namesake in 2011 .

But is such an extreme measure, effectively blocking news out of the web altogether, really …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Financial Times Media new york times News Corporation Rupert Murdoch Ted Rall Times Wall Street Journal

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Banking on one another: Can the crowd save itself from the banks?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… they don’t lend enough (unless share-options and fat bonuses count as lending). As any former Wall St inhabitant, election-year politician or self-respecting Hollywood celebrity will tell you: banks are pure evil.

Personally, I quite like the banking system as a whole. Swiping a little plastic card in exchange for a pile of food is my favorite magic trick. Still, there’s no doubt the current system could be improved. And, you guessed it, crowdsourcing may be able to help, by offering …

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