Tag Archives: Live 8

Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… especially in sub Saharan Africa – has been recognized as one of the world’s major problems. Live Aid and twenty years later Live 8 seemed to unite the world in the effort to make poverty history, once and for all.

Although Bob Geldoff and Live 8 had the power to bring Pink Floyd together for the first time in decades, the effort to alleviate poverty has been less successful. It all seemed so simple, when Bono and Bob were on the stage. If only governments of the world would just …

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It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… the world, people stopped what they were doing and tuned in to find out whether it could possibly live up to the hype.

The answer, my friends, is an emphatic “yes.”

Slim enough to fit in your bag, visually stunning and packing a real punch under the cover, the original hardcopy version of Short Stories About Tiny Tasks made a real splash when we released it last year (at least when it fell in the bath).

But on Wednesday, the future became reality. Now, thanks to …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… like these provide a healthy dose of reality. The history of invention and discovery is full of live wires like Tesla. But as any electrical engineer will tell you, every live wire needs to be earthed.


See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Rochester research team, led by Walter Lasecki, instead rely on Mechanical Turk users to provide live translation for a fraction of the cost, day or night.

As well as helping deaf people navigate the noisy world, this crowdsourced transcription system is perfect for travelers who don’t speak the local language. The researchers plan to launch a smartphone app called Legion:Scribe this October, which will help you pay too much for souvenirs in almost any language you can think of.

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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to imagine legions of screaming fans queuing overnight for the chance to hear Loop 81 performed live. However, the researchers from Carnegie Mellon are not only interested in creating the perfect song. The project also provides useful data on the way individual taste and preference affects group decision making. This is a key area for future crowd research, as crowds grow larger and incorporate members from many different cultures.

More and more research is revealing the delicate balance …