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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Mad Men, is not something that people said in the 1960s ).

This study was made possible with Google’s Ngram viewer. As we discussed about a year ago, Ngram allows you to chart how many times a different combination of words or letters has appeared in Google Books’ huge corpus of 5 million texts published between 1500 and 2008.

Along with the many fascinating results, the great thing about this project is that it has managed to get the media interested in Ngram again. My own …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… experiment into the possibility of crowdsourced policymaking.

Shooting for the moon

Google has also introduced its high-profile Solve For X project, which aims to use imagination, discussion, emergent technology and cult author Neal Stephenson’s inspirational beard to address some of the world’s most persistent problems. Its panel of experts are encouraged to think big and aim for what Google’s Director of New Projects Astro Teller calls ‘moonshots,’ or ideas which …

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… bot-blocking service that uses all of us to help digitize the archives of The New York Times and Google Books. (Just think: every time you have to squint your eyes and turn your head sideways to decipher those annoyingly blurry squiggly words, you’re making the world a better place. Still, feel free to swear while you do it.)

In this TED presentation, von Ahn introduces his new project, Duolingo. Duolingo’s goal, in short, is to crowdsource language teaching. Here’s the twist: …

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2011: the year the future became history?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Microtask has won its Global Top 100 award. We have big shoes to fill: other winners include Google, Skype, Baidu, Salesforce, YouTube and eBay.

We are equally proud of the success of Digitalkoot, our joint project with the National Library of Finland. To date almost 100,000 volunteers have donated over 280,000 minutes of time and completed nearly 6 million tasks. With their help (yes, and some assistance from a lot of moles) we were a finalist in the DISH (Digital Strategies for …

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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In 2009 Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, famously claimed that “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statistician”. It still sounds pretty improbable right?

I mean, when did you last see a data-analyst fighting off screaming groupies? Statistics isn’t even a cool branch of maths.

Real “pure” mathematicians wrestle with the fundamental mysteries of the universe. Statisticians wrestle with …

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