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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As anyone who has ever wandered the aisles of an airport bookstore knows, the world today is a flat and shrinking global village (with a long tail), where everyone is friends with Kevin Bacon . Those of us who spend our time immersed in the hyper-connected world that crowdsourcing inhabits find this all very plausible. But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where …

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An Eye for the Eye: Mapping Retinal Neurons with the Crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If you’ve ever had a close encounter of the lamppost kind you’ll know that the eye can sometimes deceive us. But considering just how complex the eye is you might think it would let us down more often.

You may remember from your high school biology classes that basically (very basically) light enters the eye through the pupil and falls on photo receptive cells called …

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Crowdopolis 2012

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

What are you planning to do on July 19th? “Sit on a beach sipping a mojito” may be your answer, but it is wrong. What we really want to hear is “I’m attending Crowdopolis 2012 in Los Angeles” . See? It wasn’t that hard (and conferences are better for your skin).

Quick recap: that day, our friends at Daily Crowdsource are organizing an event about the future …

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Crowdsourcing vs privacy: do we know too much?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Take Internet Eyes, a crime detection service that uses the crowd to monitor live CCTV camera feeds. The company has faced a storm of criticism from civil rights groups, the UK’s Internet Commission, and (ahem) this blog. In March, one shopkeeper who installed Internet Eyes got so many complaints from customers that he left the service a week later.

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For many people Internet Eyes seems invasive, Orwellian, and just plain creepy. However, most online privacy …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… on the slide react. These reactions are displayed onscreen in real-time via a microscopic camera.

So far, the team has come up with several varieties of protozoa-based fun, such as:

PAC Mecium allows players to move paramecia around by controlling electrical fields. Biotic Pinball lets you influence the direction of microorganisms by injecting chemicals onto the lab slide. Polymer Race has players betting on the fastest reactions among millions of copies of an organism’s …