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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… short notice). With all that is currently happening in the gaming industry and the prominence of Finnish companies at the GDC, there was no way I was going to miss this as well.

Fringes in fashion

I was not disappointed: my fourteenth consecutive GDC was the best yet.

As usual, I skipped the actual conference, but visited the exhibitions and attended the two-day summits prior to the main event. The summits were divided into seven categories: AI, education, localization, smartphones, …

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Language Lessons: translating the global conversation

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stars. Despite all this progress, one area where machines have traditionally struggled is language translation (remember the bad old days of Alta Vista’s Babel Fish?).

The problem is that human languages are too complex to be easily broken down into computer-proof algorithms. However, as we’ve discussed before, machine translation is now starting to evolve. Google, in particular, has pioneered new techniques that work by using cloud computing to trawl through and analyze huge …


Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… them cold pizza and the solemn vow to be there for them when they next move.

2011: the year Finnish culture went electric

With all this in mind, we are proud to introduce Digitalkoot : the first public Microtask-powered service. We are running it in collaboration with the National Library of Finland.

The library is currently scanning and indexing its enormous archives, in order to make them searchable over the Internet and easily accessible for everyone. So far so good. The …


Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Society started the immense task of creating a dictionary that included every word in the English language. As well as professional editors, the project involved a distributed army of volunteers. Hundreds of people, from all over England, sent in obscure words, quotations and whole entries. Hours of personal time were given, by amateurs, to create what would eventually become the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Okay, removing my rose tinted lenses I have to admit that for all its 19th …

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… predicting the next major global event. (For the record, I predict that 2013 will be the year of Finnish global supremacy, but I’m not an expert). While we await the results of this experiment, it’s worth considering the important role that individual experts can play in the evolution of crowd wisdom. After all, they are the experts.

A word from the wise

Coming back to the wise words of Gary Gygax, it is experts who can supply the crowd with the intelligence that gives them a better …

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