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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The human brain is an amazing thing. A few pounds of gray matter has taken us from eating bananas in the trees to walking on the moon (it’s also brought us LOLcats, the Car Laptop Tray and Maailmanennätys muurahaispesässä, but still: the moon). With our heads filled with crackling synapses, it’s easy to feel smug about our computational prowess.

But if the history …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to the latest UN figures , there are now over 7 billion people living on planet earth. In response, the world’s media has exploded with dire predictions of famine, war and climate disaster (and some great info-graphics ). Of course, in Finland over-population is hardly a major problem (except for reindeer and right-wing politicians ). But we’re probably as …

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Apocalypse Now-ish: can crowdsourcing save us from 2012?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… struggled to identify and track every “near earth object”. Now the European Space Agency (ESA) has appealed to the crowd for help. ESA is piloting a project where amateur astronomers work with automated software to hunt for asteroids. Volunteers in Tenerife have already spotted one asteroid classed as a “potential impact threat”. Luckily it “just” missed the earth by about 30 million km (so no need to call in Bruce Willis quite yet). ESA aims to have nightly crowdsourced …

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From fiction to fact: interview with Esa Nikkilä

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… into 5 languages. To find out “the whole story” we tracked down 140story producer Esa Nikkilä:

First up, what makes someone decide to crowdsource a whole novel?

There are thousands and thousands of “frustrated authors” out there who would love to express themselves but never do anything about it. We just thought it would be a nice idea to give those people the chance to be authors.

How much control did you have during the 140story project? Did you see yourselves …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to a recent article in the Economist , in most African countries more people have a mobile phone than a bank account. In technologically advanced Kenya, over 50% of the population now owns a mobile. A friend of mine who used to live in Mali told me that many young people there would rather go hungry than go without SMS.

In the West, all the money and media …

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