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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… guru gave a visually beautiful talk on the different areas of crowdsourcing (crowd funding, cloud labor, open innovation etc) and how to connect each of them to businesses.

Overall, Crowdconvention was quite an eye-opener. There’s much more I could discuss – Jeff Howe’s talk, the crowdsourced newspaper, Nokia’s total lack of crowdsourcing imagination – sadly however, time is rarely a senior designer’s best friend. We would love to hear what other attendees made of …

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Crowds against the Machine: will digital workers soon be digitized?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… The fact is that there may never be a time when A.I. meets all of our peculiar demands. The vast cloud of crowdsourced labor can react, almost instantly, to a mind-boggling variety of tasks – from rating the emotional impact of an image, to decoding a 300 year old sentence of text. New applications and companies are constantly popping up – from real time mapping aids for the blind to the latest crowd funding initiatives (see The Daily Crowdsource if you want to try and keep pace – …

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Behind the façade: How crowdsourcing will bring videogames to life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Now, more than ever, is an exciting time for the industry as number of developments – notably cloud computing – seem likely to revolutionize the way we interact with computers.

What began as an industry dominated by the conquests of mythological lone programmers, now relies more on the collective efforts of a studio. While the lone programmers still exist, the colossal amount of work required to create modern games means their influence is much diminished.

Standing on the …

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Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… or digitizing existing tasks such as design and development, and distributing them to a global labor pool via the Internet.

One aspect of the digitization of work has received less attention than it perhaps deserves. This aspect is the emergence of work that is “born digital”. “Born digital” is a term originally used to denote products such as books and music that are created directly in digital form, as opposed to being digitized versions of analogue materials. It has also been …

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We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

When I was growing up and spending too much time watching cartoons, I met George Jetson, and Jane (his wife) . When I got to know Rosie, the Jetson’s robot maid (whom they loved and would never replace or upgrade) I became very hopeful for a future free of household chores.

Alas, at the time of writing, I am still without a robotic aide. Although the use of robotics …

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