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Picture this: introducing the Descriptive Camera

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… (yes, I’m exaggerating the problem slightly), hope is here. It’s called the Descriptive Camera, and it intends to bring a whole new perspective to photography.

Say ‘Crowd!’

The brainchild of ‘creative technologist’ Matt Richardson, the prototype Descriptive Camera does exactly what the name suggests. You point the camera and press the shutter button, but instead of a photograph, the built-in printer spits out a short text description of your image (it turns out a …

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Crowdsourcing crime part II: the net has eyes

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… you can insert game mechanics into work, why not insert a little work into games? A stint watching camera feeds could become an optional level in online games, with virtual gold, points or level rewards.

The crowd is watching

The idea of a huge crowd of online informants, ruthlessly alerting the police to any hint of suspicious behavior isn’t exactly comforting ( this is a neat of satire on the whole idea of getting rewards for ratting people out). But the sheer number of apps and …

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Caught on Camera: the crowd calls the shots

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… crowdsourced footage. The concept is simple: one day in the life of the world. Anyone with a video camera can upload film of their day – wherever they are, whatever they happen to be doing – onto the Life In A Day YouTube channel (for more on the delights and dangers of crowdsourcing YouTube, I leave you in Tommaso’s expert hands ).

To make sure he didn’t only get material from the camera-phone addicted West, MacDonald sent over 400 video cameras out to people in Africa, Asia and …


Too fast, too furious? The app that’ll slow you down

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This November, in a “courageous” (i.e. likely to be unpopular) move, the Finnish Government started road testing a new breed of hi-tech speed cameras . Mounted on trailers, these cameras not only detect your speed but can also spot tailgating, undone seat belts and even overdue taxes. Basically, if you see one coming down the road, it’s time to belt up and ease off the …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

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… communicate. They may also demolish the spoken language barrier entirely.

Like the Descriptive Camera, which I discussed back in May, the Legion:Scribe app has gone from idea to reality at an astonishing speed. The fact it already generates reasonably accurate results demonstrates how far our understanding of distributed labor has developed in the last few years. Let’s just hope that it won’t prevent entertaining disasters like Backstroke of the West popping up every now and then!

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