Tag Archives: David Alan Grier


My Wife, the Computer

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… if you’re smart, provide chocolate biscuits at afternoon tea.

This question is the focus of David Alan Grier’s book When Computers Were Human which outlines the pre-information age story of “human computers” doing calculations by hand – not just the straightforward office-worker’s calculation of how many days left until Friday; but complicated, multifaceted problems such as those required for astronomy, cartography, navigation, and (unsurprisingly) warfare. This required …

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Two’s company, three’s a crowd conference: CrowdConf 2010

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… coined crowdsourcing in 2006), the bestselling authors Tim Ferriss, Jonathan Zittrain and David Alan Grier, and the CEOs of some of the most exciting new crowdsourcing businesses such as Crowdflower, Samasource, Keniks, uTest, Odesk, LiveOps and Victors and Spoils.

In addition to the guest speakers there will be a series of peer-reviewed presentation tracks and technology demonstrations. Topics for discussion include the past, present and future of crowdsourcing, …

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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a powerful thing. It can make you laugh or cry, and even tear down the Berlin Wall (according to David Hasselhoff, anyway). The same song can mean different things to different people, with infectious tracks like Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ managing to be both the all-time most requested song on US radio as well as an instrument of torture used at Guantanamo Bay (along with ‘I Love You,’ the theme from Barney the Dinosaur, which would make me crack within …

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MOG: the day the music gamified

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… and exploring MOG”. The more you engage/play with MOG, the more music you get. MOG CEO David Hyman claims that the tank’s “sophisticated game mechanics” should mean that users never have to pay for music.

Master motivators

So, will people who won’t spend $5 per month on music be prepared to spend time watching promos and sharing playlists? Well, maybe. After all, millions of people already share music – this is just a way of rewarding and encouraging them. I guess …

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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… like Finland’s gaming industry has suddenly struck it lucky. Helsinki-based studios produced Alan Wake and Angry Birds, both topping Time magazine’s top 10 list of videogames for 2010. Rovio ’s Peter Vesterbacka was swamped by people wanting photos, and a chance to find out how he managed to sell 100 million game apps featuring birds, slingshots and green space pigs.

But this success is actually a reflection on the vibrancy of the game development scene in Finland. In the …

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