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Face it Steve, you need help

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… archive, the new features such as geotagging, Facebook/Flicker synchronization and automatic face recognition seemed really promising. With little free time on my hands, I said to myself: why not?

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Alas, the answer to that question came soon enough but also, regrettably, too late. Putting aside the annoying issues of the social network syncing function (slowness, double tagging, uploading errors, impossibility to switch off), the real disappointment was …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… thinking, in fact Pareidolia is a key part of one of humanity’s most useful abilities: pattern recognition.

Pattern recognition is the key to some of our greatest achievements as a species, from language and music to Where’s Wally. Now it’s becoming even more important, as it becomes clear just how advanced our ability is, and how difficult it is to create software that can emulate it. This, of course, is where human computing and Microtask enters the picture.

Rise of the human …

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… (December 1889 – January 1890). All pages have been digitized in advance through automatic text recognition. Unfortunately, OCR software makes lots of mistakes when reading text that has deteriorated or is typed in old fonts. This is where human intelligence (especially our innate ability to understand signs) is needed to set the record straight.

Gamifying media

If this sounds noble but boring, don’t panic. That’s not how we run things. HS Talkoot is structured as an online game. …

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VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of purpose-built accessibility apps which incorporate assistive technologies like OCR and speech-recognition. These are impressive advances but human-computer expert Jeffrey Bigham believes that, with the help of the crowd, things are about to get much, much better.

Remote assistants

As Professor Bigham points out, purely automated technologies often struggle to cope with the “infinite variability” of reality. Here at Microtask, we’re very familiar with this phenomenon. The …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… strategy, secret Santa lists – they need to keep secure.

Distributed work platforms face a unique and particularly knotty data security dilemma. If your business model relies on distributing client data among a vast (often anonymous) crowd of strangers, how do you make sure that any confidential information stays on the QT?

Crowd control

Six years after the launch of Mechanical Turk, crowd labor platforms have become pretty good at extracting high-quality, consistent …

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