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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that it’s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella.

The wisdom of crowds effect has been on a turbulent journey over the last decade, graduating from a statistical curiosity to a key part of a global industry. The concept has been at the heart of some …

Tags: Aggregative Contingent Estimation Central Intelligence Agency CIA crowdsourcing Gary Gygax intelligence Mark Lowenthal microtask microwork State Department Wisdom of Crowds

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Behind the façade: How crowdsourcing will bring videogames to life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… In the near future, instead of having a studio sweat for years over Milo’s artificial intelligence, it will be entirely managed by the cloud. For no matter how dedicated or talented the team of programmers, they will never come up 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 …

Tags: ai cloud crowdsourcing E3 façade human intelligence Kinect milo Peter Molyneux Rob Gilbert Shigeru Miyamoto TedGlobal Will Wright

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We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Although the use of robotics in manufacturing processes and other fields is growing, artificial intelligence has not nearly progressed to the level many science fiction writers predicted. One of the key sticking points is robot vision.

While naturally the details of robot vision technologies are complicated, the bare bolts are roughly analogous to the way we ourselves see – with an eye and a brain. First, you need a camera or sensor to take in images (eye) and a unit to process the …

Tags: cloud labor collective intelligence computer vision digital outsourcing human computation mass collaboration Mechanical Turk research robotics

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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at the big antivirus companies concluded that Stuxnet was probably created by the US or Israeli intelligence services, and was designed to cripple the Iranian nuclear program.

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Of course, the US and Israel responded with the traditional mantra of the intelligence community: deny all knowledge. The story seemed to go away. The idea of governments releasing their own viruses into the wild is pretty sinister, but not quite as bad as the thought of …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at the frontier of the tech industry. I’ve written in the past about the limits of artificial intelligence and the ongoing war between human and machine translators (spoiler alert: humans are still winning, but only just). This, along with the success of Digitalkoot in correcting machine recognition errors, shows just how far computerized pattern recognition has to go before it can rival the average human brain.

But as well as letting us prove our mastery over the machines by …

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