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From fiction to fact: interview with Esa Nikkilä

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… at all. It’s hard to name one favorite book, but if I had to I’d say Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Of course, in the near future my favorite book is going to be Pirunmeri – the novel by the people of Finland

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ). The homemade subtitles that accompany this pirated version of George Lucas’ blockbuster are so wildly mangled that it has achieved cult status. (To give you a taste, in this version “Obi Wan Kenobi” is ingeniously translated to “Ratio the Tile”).

Thankfully, the mastermind behind Backstroke of the West has absolutely nothing to do with an incredible piece of subtitling software in development at the University of Rochester.

I see what you …

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A penny for your thoughts: Why crowdfunding is taking off

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… as well as funding, failures will surely be in the minority.

As Abraham Lincoln (and later George W. Bush, sort of ) said: “ You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. ” With the wisdom of the crowd, individual investors – unlike former presidents – are much less likely to make fools of themselves.


We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

When I was growing up and spending too much time watching cartoons, I met George Jetson, and Jane (his wife). When I got to know Rosie, the Jetson’s robot maid (whom they loved and would never replace or upgrade) I became very hopeful for a future free of household chores.

Alas, at the time of writing, I am still without a robotic aide. Although the use of robotics in manufacturing processes and other fields is growing, artificial intelligence has not nearly …

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