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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… frustratingly human.

But the concept of a job is changing rapidly. Crowdsourcing platforms like Freelancer mean millions of people don’t have to deal with a boss or colleagues anymore. Retirees and stay-at-home moms can rejoin the workforce, from the comfort of their homes.

3D printing will soon allow us to produce much of what we need locally. Rather than sending away to China for a spare part, companies like Ponoko will allow us to download its design and print it at home. Overseas …

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Bribes and Prejudice: India’s crowdsourcing revolution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to get started. And, from simple HITs on Mechanical Turk to projects worth hundreds of dollars on Freelancer, there’s an ever-growing variety of web-based opportunity.

Of course, being bribe-free on the net doesn’t necessarily change anything in the real world. But I suspect that the motivated, independent and experienced Indian crowd will be unlikely to let offline corruption go on unchallenged.

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To work or not to work? That is the question

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… into their work from wherever they happen to be, whenever they feel the urge. When you are a freelancer who charges by the hour, you have real decisions to make when considering taking on a new contract: do I have the time? Do I have the inclination? Is my team still in the NBA playoffs? Just how sunny is it outside? And so on.

The beauty of the successful freelance arrangement is that the decision to work on any given day has not been preordained long ago and enshrined in an …