Tag Archives: Eiffel Tower

Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… update popped up on the home page of every Facebook or Twitter saying if they want to save the Eiffel Tower, they must visit such and such website (I’ll provide details of this site and bank numbers at a later date) and click the “donate $5” button. If the target figure of $5 million is not reached in 12 hours, the Eiffel Tower will be blown up. Essentially what I’m talking about is a cross between crowdfunding site Kickstarter and those absurd guilt-trip chain emails saying kids …

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Is feedback the new Tower of Babel?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

In a globalized world, more connected by the minute, an insight into the minds of people virtually anywhere on the planet is only a click away. Researchers have access to incredible amounts of information about consumers and their preferences. Age old mysteries like whether people prefer Sonic the Hedgehog or Knuckles the Echidna can finally be answered.

Yet this does …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As the original mad scientist, Nikola Tesla has been a source of inspiration to geeks of all types for over a century. The Serbian-American electro-wizard transformed the world with his development of alternating current (and inspired direct current supporter Thomas Edison to electrocute an elephant ), before vanishing into madness and obscurity.

If you’re interested in …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… UK think tank newthinktank (most imaginative name ever) aims to bust open the walls of the Ivory Tower by inviting the crowd to contribute to its research efforts. Newthinktank aims to create an online forum where public service employees and users can come together to share their experiences, orchestrate research and generate policy ideas. The project is still in its infancy, but could be a fascinating experiment into the possibility of crowdsourced policymaking.

Shooting for the moon …

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… simple APIs, and solid reward structures. If Wikipedians looked down from their ivory tower, they might just learn something from the current generation of crowd-led projects.

In the meantime, if any women reading this blog are experts on obscure Mozart music (though I’m guessing that Venn diagram has a pretty narrow overlap), I suggest they get over to Wikipedia and help make the web a better place.