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I Plead Not Guilty

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

After a holiday season rich in the joys of eating, drinking and general overindulgence, I sometimes feel a tad glum. The obvious cause is my body telling me to ease up on the rich food (I’m convinced the alcohol has nothing to do with it), but for a while now I have suspected another cause.

Rather than food or alcohol, I blame people. Not just any people, I’m talking …

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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… heartening to see so many people willing to donate money to complete strangers. For example, one charitable soul donated to a woman stricken with cancer, posting this on her micro site: “I know I don’t know you, but I know cancer…and I want you to kick its butt!” In a world that sometimes seems overrun by bloodthirsty dictators and soulless investment bankers, it’s nice to know that humanity isn’t going to hell in a ’78 Pinto just yet.

Con: Another avenue for fraudsters …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… experts is highly significant for companies like Microtask, as it demonstrates the importance of organization. For example, the DigiTalkoot project only requires volunteers to be able to read. The more specialized work of compiling the work of crowd members is left to software designed by experts, just as Herzog and Hertwig’s ignorant crowd were able to make accurate predictions thanks to the expert organizational and analytic skills of the researchers.

The combination of a crowd and a …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… fans. We play games, we write about games, we make games. However, being a mature and friendly organization, we realize that sometimes it’s good to check in with the opposition (even if it’s just so you know where to aim). Happily for us, critics of gamification rarely lay into full-blown games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game sites and apps.

Counter-intuitively, game designers are often the biggest …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… up.

Crowdrise is a non-profit platform that lists individual fundraising projects (like a charitable version of Kickstarter). Organizations register, describe their cause and set a target for crowd funded donations. The HopeforJapan section of the site has over 60 projects listed. There’s something satisfyingly democratic about the way Crowdrise gives every fundraiser equal space. So the American Red Cross is listed next to sponsored fun runs and lemonade stands. Together, crowd …

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