Tag Archives: human computation


Behind the façade: How crowdsourcing will bring videogames to life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… with sufficient algorithmic behaviors to allow for every possible situation.

The cloud will add human intelligence to the recipe, allowing avatars like Milo to be imbued with the experience of millions of brains working together. Milo’s children will learn day by day from human inputs (becoming, de facto, semantic expert systems and developing at the same time their own unique personality.

As these simulacra develop they will redefine our relationships with computers, and might even …

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Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

Much has been said about the influence of information technology on work, and yet little of it has turned out to be overstated. The introduction of personal computers and local area networks to offices around the developed world in the late 1970s started a revolution in processes, which later translated to clear and measurable advances in productivity . The rapid adoption …

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New media and the British election: Don’t stand too close to the bleeding edge

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

When I think of what defines a person as cool, a number of attributes spring to mind. At school the cool kids possessed an elusive quality that was hard to pinpoint. Looking back, it was actually something quite obvious like an upcoming birthday party you wanted to be invited to. Or the latest brand of footwear.

Out of the playground things have changed, but not much. …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… over workplaces like we thought they would. Indeed, most of our colleagues are still 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, …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… version hits the app store.

The Legion: Scribe project is an inspiring illustration of what human computing can achieve. By combining innovative research with the existing power of the crowd, the Rochester research team isn’t just helping millions of deaf people to communicate. They may also demolish the spoken language barrier entirely.

Like the Descriptive Camera, which I discussed back in May, the Legion:Scribe app has gone from idea to reality at an astonishing speed. The …

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