Tag Archives: European Space Agency


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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… years, scientists have 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 …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… “crowd sharing” could eventually see communities pooling everything from surplus space and energy, to food and power drills.

Steffen’s ideas might sound ambitious (he does want Americans to stop driving cars, after all), but many of his “predictions” are already a crowdsourced reality. In her latest publication The Enabling City, Chiara Camponeschi (another sustainability guru), lists an incredible variety of collaborative city projects – global and local. …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… not have noticed the peas, as they were not part of the focal problem. However, sadly, for every Space Pea there is a slice of Holy Toast, and human pattern recognition’s strength (the ability to detect patterns and deduce meaning) is also its weakness (it can lead to people detecting patterns in meaningless noise).

This is where the power of the crowd can make a difference. Noticing the peas was only the first step: The Galaxy Zoo forum provided a venue for discussion which allowed the …

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Net cops: cybercrime and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in the mountain of lesser offences? Plus it’s a big globalized world out there, even trans-European Europol has little or no power over Nigerian fraudsters or Russian hackers.

There comes a point in life of every geek when you just have to accept you’re probably never going to foil an international conspiracy from your laptop. The odd email scam, on the other hand, is the sort of crime almost any net user can help bring down – just a shame it doesn’t have quite the same …

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Revenge of the gamers: an epic win for the world

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… My own parents never seemed to grasp that games had moved on since the days of Pong and Space Invaders. Despite the obvious coolness of my virtual worlds, mom would perpetually storm up to my room and start yelling about irritating trivia like “school work”, “doing your chores”, and the so called “real world” waiting outside the damn door.

Now, at last, game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal has finally given me the argument I so desperately needed as a child …

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