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Open Source Life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Like the splitting of the atom and the invention of two minute noodles, it elevates man into a realm once considered the preserve of the gods.

What I am referring to, of course, is the creation of artificial life by biologist Craig Venter.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Without getting into too much detail, what Dr Venter has in essence done is manufacture a synthetic chromosome and insert it into a bacterial cell, which had its own chromosome removed. The breakthrough was that the …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As anyone who has watched a few movies with unofficial subtitles will know, quality control can be a bit of an issue. But even in the world of terrible, inaccurate subtitles, nothing comes close to the awful poetry that is Star War the Third Gathers: Backstroke of the West (better known as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ). The homemade subtitles that accompany this pirated version of George Lucas’ …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… I watched The Matrix again on the weekend.) With the rise of social media, this idea has now gone a step further: can computers change what it means to be dead?

A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching Italian sun (it’s a tough life, I know), I came across this off-beat and slightly creepy talk by Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s Editor in Chief.

Adam’s subject was our online (im)mortality. These days people are constantly uploading stuff: social networking …


Life, liberty and the pursuit of crowdsourcing: Iceland’s constitutional saga

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If there was a top ten of crowdsourcing nations, Iceland would be the new number one. Back in June the small Northern state hit the (tech) headlines when politicians announced plans to crowdsource a new constitution. At first, I confess I was skeptical. In my experience government crowdsourcing projects are like Mars probes: there’s a massive launch, then six months later they mysteriously vanish without …

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Language Lessons: translating the global conversation

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the years, computers have come a long way from being humble adding machines. These days hardware is lightweight and good looking, while some software is so sophisticated it practically comes with Michelin stars. Despite all this progress, one area where machines have traditionally struggled is language translation (remember the bad old days of Alta Vista’s Babel Fish?).

The problem is that human languages are too complex …

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