Tag Archives: Climate change

Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… crowdsourcing projects designed to improve our understanding of environmental issues, including climate change. Basically, while there were some good projects, we felt that the crowd had a lot more to offer. One year later, has much changed?

I can feel it coming, in the air tonight

If you’re a user of crowdsourcing weather apps Weathermob or Weddar you’ll know that the weather in the northern hemisphere has been a little weird lately.

These location-based apps basically …

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Confidence tricks: can crowdsourcing keep our feet on the ground?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… devastating consequences. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the continued resistance to tackling climate change are arguably two such examples.

Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing

But what makes us overconfident in our judgments? And what keeps those with valuable knowledge in the background? Research from social psychologists Justin Kruger and David Dunning may explain why we get it wrong so often.

Their experiments revealed that people generally overestimate their ability in …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… could benefit from gamified crowdsourcing. Back in 2008 Steve Puma showcased Macrocosm, the “climate change simulation game that lets you save the earth”. Puma’s concept was a game that allowed users and companies to work together to solve complex climate change and social problems.

Developers behind the recently released game Fate of the World would definitely agree that climate change is ideal gamification material. A single-player strategy game, Fate of The World encourages …


Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Okay, for starters, there are sites that call on the crowd to donate spare processing power to the climate change cause (though surely this leads to the dilemma of whether to (a) leave the laptop running and donate, or (b) turn it off to reduce your carbon footprint). World community grid research a range of topics, from clean energy to disease prevention. Weatherathome meanwhile, is more strictly climate focused, using PC power to run ever more refined climate models.

Trying to get a …