Tag Archives: Golden Gate Bridge


A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for everyone.

In such a tech-friendly town, it’s not surprising that computing is spreading into public spaces, affecting the way citizens interact with their urban environment. The first stop? That most boring of public places: the bus stop.

Routed to the stop

In …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers will know, here at Microtask we love a bit of science fun. Back in November we blogged about Foldit , a freely-available online protein-folding game. Foldit players contribute directly to scientific discovery: the more proteins they fold, the closer scientists get to curing diseases like Alzheimer’s and AIDS.

Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein …

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Crimes against content: is crowdsourcing to hamsters a bridge too far?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of sentences like “Microtask game using a hamster to sub-tasks: to help players build hamster bridge”. Which is actually entertainingly ironic: articles about Microtask’s system of distributed work are themselves being systematically disassembled by distributed workers. It’s like something out of a Cory Doctorow novel.

I guess the goal of this heinous content-crime is to produce bogus “original” material that search engines think is legit. Maybe one day, Google will stop …

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… words are sent to volunteers in the form of two online games we created ( Mole Hunt and Mole Bridge ). Volunteers must accurately decipher the words in order to achieve certain game objectives, such as helping the moles cross a bridge or keeping them away from a garden.

What for volunteers was an amusing game, for the National Library was an affordable way to digitize, bit by bit, the entire collection of Aamulehti. This is what The New York Times, Wired and others said about our …

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Are the Golden Years history?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… While a change in mindset is also required, I believe it is such changes that will keep the golden years from slipping into the red.

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