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Apocalypse Now-ish: can crowdsourcing save us from 2012?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… threat”. Luckily it “just” missed the earth by about 30 million km (so no need to call in Bruce Willis quite yet). ESA aims to have nightly crowdsourced sky surveys running by (you guessed it) 2012.

What about Hollywood’s other favorite apocalypse: the killer global virus ? Here too crowdsourcing may have the answer – the humble video game. Recently, the scientific establishment was astonished when players of online protein-folding game Foldit work out the structure of an …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… The crisis in Japan is like a disaster movie. Only the “special effects” are real and Bruce Willis isn’t going to parachute in and save the day.

Scientists can now (more or less) accurately forecast volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts and hurricanes. But despite the best efforts of seismologists (who probably get ignored by all the other physical scientists at parties), earthquakes remain devastatingly unpredictable.

Although technology is powerless to prevent an …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to the latest UN figures , there are now over 7 billion people living on planet earth. In response, the world’s media has exploded with dire predictions of famine, war and climate disaster (and some great info-graphics ). Of course, in Finland over-population is hardly a major problem (except for reindeer and right-wing politicians ). But we’re probably as …

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From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… has also been pretty spectacular. Digitalkoot has featured in The New York Times, Wired (by Bruce Sterling, no less!), Contagious, the BBC and Monocle to mention the most prestigious publications. Back on home ground, our blog continues to attract thousands of unique visitors (mainly from Finland, US and UK) with daily traffic doubling over the last year. Good news for guest bloggers Jani Penttinen, David Bratvold and Ida Hakola (got a burning crowdsourcing issue to discuss? …

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