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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the better – if managed properly.

The factory moves out, and then comes home again

Since the industrial revolution, the concept of a job hasn’t changed too much. Most people spend weeks searching job ads for a new boss, then the next forty years trying to avoid him (usually he’s still a him). The assembly line was born and then left home to see the world, taking manufacturing jobs with it. Technology has made workplaces more efficient (and made slacking off on company time more fun), …


Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Many years ago, before the Industrial Revolution, specialization and Justin Bieber changed human existence forever, jobs requiring many hands brought communities together.

In Finland, building a house was once such a job. The collective effort was called a talkoot (in English the closest translation we have is “working-bee” or “barn-raising”).

Even if you are not Amish, I’m sure you have experienced …

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Microtasking: Two hundred years later, the debate goes on

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… As every high school student knows, around two hundred years ago Europe and America went industrial. A massive demand for cheap labor saw millions of people move to cities and into jobs in mills, mines and factories.

While the men were at the coalface, many women worked from home. Paid per item, homeworkers did a huge range of small, repetitive tasks, from sowing gloves to gluing cigarette tubes. Work was often minutely subdivided. A French survey from 1872 lists hat stitcher, …

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Bribes and Prejudice: India’s crowdsourcing revolution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… money-laundering ministers, a cricket boss wanted for tax fraud and top journalists in the pay of industrial tycoons. But while they make good copy (just try typing “corruption India” into Google News), these guys are only the tip of the (very grubby) iceberg. Underneath is the more mundane, everyday extortion that can happen to anyone: paying bribes to get your electricity hooked up, at police checkpoints, to get your kids into college. It’s corruption at this level that has the crowd …


How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… dramatic social change. Perhaps it might be a bit much to expect microtasking to bring about the revolution, but while we wait, it might just help to get some good stuff done.

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